Warren Throckmorton

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Earl Warren Throckmorton (born 1957)[1][2] is a professor of Psychology at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania.[3] He is a former advocate of sexual orientation change efforts and the creator of the documentary I Do Exist, about people who say they have changed their sexual orientation.

Throckmorton received his B.A. in Psychology in June, 1979 from Cedarville College, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Central Michigan University in May, 1982, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Community Counseling from Ohio University in June 1992.[4]

Throckmorton's work on Sexual Identity Therapy was endorsed by psychiatrist Robert L. Spitzer.[5] The purpose of these recommendations is to help patients make their sexual identity conform to their beliefs and values.[6] Spitzer later tried to retract his research that endorsed Throckmorton's work by saying "The findings can be considered evidence for what those who have undergone ex-gay therapy say about it, but nothing more.”[7]

Since 2007, Throckmorton has turned against his previous endorsement of conversion therapy, and has come out strongly against the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill. In turn, former endorsers of his work, such as Scott Lively, have denounced Throckmorton for his change in ideology.[8]

Throckmorton has been involved in controversy over the origins and treatment of variations in gender identity. The February 2008 issue of Christianity Today carried an article discussing how Throckmorton has advised people who are in agony over being transgender that their desires are not in accord with the Bible.[9] "Even if science does determine differentiation in the brain at birth," Throckmorton says, "even if there are prenatal influences, we can’t set aside teachings of the Bible, because of research findings."[9] Throckmorton subsequently argued that these comments were quoted "out of context". On his blog, he stated that people should consult physicians, specialists, and spiritual advisors in resolving their feelings. If someone decides that sexual reassignment violates faith, then this feeling may guide their decisions.[10]


  • Throckmorton, Warren (1996). "Mental health counselors and third party reimbursement". In Weikel, William J.; Palmo, Artis J. (eds.). Foundations of mental health counseling (2nd ed.). Springfield, Ill.: Charles C Thomas. pp. 283–312. ISBN 0-398-06669-8. 
  • Throckmorton, Warren and Coulter, Michael (2012). Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President. Salem Grove Press. ISBN 0974670618. , a rebuttal to The Jefferson Lies by David Barton


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