Max Hirsh

This story is so sad, we don’t even know where to begin with it. Apparently, the Southern Poverty Law Center has sued an Oregon psychiatrist for practicing “conversion therapy,” intended to “change” the sexual oirentation of troubled teenage boys and girls, on a young patient, without the patient’s consent.

The patient was Max Hirsh, an openly gay young man.  Hirsh reported that when he would visit his psychiatrist, the topics would often veer into the topic of his sexuality, with the psychiatrist insisting that Hirsh was not gay, that Hirsh had failed at sports and with teenage women, and that he had a deficient relationship with older men.

The psychiatrist in question was not named,  which is not unusual in ethics complaints, as these are made to rectify the inappropriate conduct by the professional, without creating a public spectacle of the situation.