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A psychiatrist who healed gay, had sex with his male patients

A psychiatrist who healed gay, had sex with his male patients”

A long-time Toronto psychiatrist, known for administering gay conversion therapy, has been found guilty of sexually abusing two of his male patients.

A disciplinary committee at Ontario's College of Physicians and Surgeons found Dr. Melvyn Iscove engaged in sex acts with at least two male patients during so-called therapy sessions. As Newsweek points out, the World Health Organization disagrees, and many U.S. states and the province of Ontario have banned gay conversion therapy. Melvyn Iscove, 72, has been found guilty of sexually abusing two men who came to him in the 1990s and early 2000s. His license was suspended until a criminal hearing was held in which he was expected to be permanently removed.

That said, we don't want anyone to feel like they can't get help if they need it; so, we hope Dr. Iscove finds the BEST gay conversion therapy for his insatiable perversions. The doctor denies the allegations and will likely appeal the decision, said his lawyer Alfred Kwinter.

He's also facing a separate discipline hearing over allegations involving "improper conduct in a public men's washroom".

The committee wrote that Iscove was obsessed with discredited theories about homosexuality from the 1950's, including those of Freudian psychoanalyst Edmund Bergler, who said, "There are no happy homosexuals".

Dr Bergler theorized homosexuality to be an illness that could be cured with proper treatments.

Dr Iscove was unable to answer the committee on if he thought homosexuality was an illness to be treated during his hearing.

"Given that Dr. Iscove had admittedly devoted his professional life to studying and applying the theories of Dr. Bergler, it was not clear to the committee why Dr. Iscove refused to acknowledge that he agreed with Dr. Bergler on these points". He testified that Iscove made him describe his sexual fantasies.

The panel's report stated that he said his 'patients only became responsive to his therapy when they were ready to fight it (i.e., the homosexuality)'.

Both patients' identities are covered by a publication ban. The panel believed the incidents occurred as described by the patients. One patient who saw the doctor to treat his depression and anxiety associated with "fears he was gay", was asked by the doctor to describe sexual fantasies he had about the two of them. The men, who are now in their 40's, were not identified to protect their privacy. The doctor then told the patient "You may touch me if you like", and proceeded to remove his trousers.

Reportedly, he and the doctor participated in 15 to 20 sessions where they would do mutual masturbation and oral sex. "Patient A estimated that such activity occurred on between 10 and 20 occasions with oral sex occurring on one-third of the episodes".

He said he considered himself a heterosexual male up to that point, and he was seeing the doctor for depression and anxiety.

Another patient, Patient B, told the committee Iscove was a helpful and trusting physician who helped him deal with alcohol behavior issues and other problems, and so he wanted to "impress" the doctor and be a "good patient" by talking about his fantasies with Iscove.

"The sexual activity subsequently progressed to Dr. Iscove removing his penis from his pants, then Patient A doing the same", the committee wrote.

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