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Neil and Briar Whitehead

Neil E. Whitehead and his wife Briar Whitehead are Christian writers from New Zealand best known for authoring the 1999 book, My Genes Made Me Do It. They have published a range of materials that suggest being gay can be “cured” via sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE), “reparative therapy,” or what they now call “sexual attraction fluidity exploration in therapy” (SAFE-T).

They have also advocated for gender identity change efforts (GICE), arguing that being transgender is a “lonely longing” that can also be cured.


Neil Whitehead has served on the Research Division Committee for the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity, previously called NARTH.


Whitehead N, Whitehead Briar (1999). My Genes Made Me Do It! A Scientific Look at Sexual Orientation. Lafayette: Huntington House: 1995. ISBN: 978-1563841651

Whitehead NE. Homosexuality and Mental Health Problems. NARTH [archive]

Whitehead NE (1005). Science and Sexuality: A submission to the Anglican Commission on Sex and Gender Issues.

Whitehead NE (2000). Are transsexuals born that way? Triple Helix

Santero PL, Whitehead NE, Ballesteros D (2018). RETRACTED: Effects of Therapy on Religious Men Who Have Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction. Linacre Quarterly


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