In defense of James “Brielle” Goldani, he clearly is nuts. And he rightly assumed that nobody had actually watched But I’m a Cheerleader, a campy gay rights movie starring Ru Paul.
Gay groups in New Jersey are pushing a bill that would outlaw therapists from trying to help teenagers confused by their reactions to members of the same sex. The eventual goal is to outlaw any response to parents or patients except, “You’re a homosexual and you should be happy about that.”
Governor Christie hasn’t yet made it clear whether he will or won’t sign the bill, so to amp up the pressure, gay rights groups brought in witnesses to testify to the horrors of conversion therapy.
Their lead witness was James “Brielle” Goldani, a man with some obvious mental issues, who claims to be a woman, describing abuses which included electroshock therapy and induced vomiting. The therapy took place at a Christian Camp which, Mr. Goldani claimed was named “True Directions”.
Unfortunately for Mr. Goldani, the only gay conversion camp named True Directions in Ohio where electroshock is on the menu is in a bad 90s movie called But I’m a Cheerleader.
Christopher Doyle, a professional counselor and himself a former homosexual (yes, these do exist, by the thousands), testified before the Senate against the bill, but he was deeply troubled by Goldani’s story, prompting him to do further research. What he uncovered was that: 1) “According to the office of the Ohio secretary of state and attorney general, no such camp called True Directions has ever existed.” 2) The Assemblies of God, including the local church that allegedly sponsored the camp, never heard of it and would never sanction such barbarous treatment. 3) Licensed therapists in Ohio completely disavowed such treatments.
So where did Goldani’s horror story come from? Doyle reports that “it came from a 1999 film titled ‘But I’m a Cheerleader,’ starring RuPaul. In the film, the main character is suspected of being a lesbian by her family, who then proceeds to send her to a ‘conversion therapy’ camp called True Directions.” Amazing!
The fictional True Directions camp is based on a real place called New Directions run in Ohio by the mother of the director of But I’m a Cheerleader. That facility however treated drug and alcohol abuse. Not homosexuality.
James Goldani was apparently born in New Jersey, grew up in New Jersey and still lives in New Jersey. He’s also a big Ru Paul fan and “But I’m a Cheerleader” features Ru Paul in it.
Goldani, by his own admission, has a history of drug and alcohol abuse. And apparently mental problems.
My story starts back in 2006 when I was first hospitalized. I wasn’t able to stay in my parents’ house because I was using drugs and drinking excessively. When I left their house, I moved in with my drug dealer.
I went to Kimball Medical Center and checked myself into the PESS (Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services) Unit to help pull myself together. I went to every group and did everything that I was supposed to.
None of this should be surprising. Homosexuality is a mental illness. So is the perception of transgender identity. People like Golden have mental problems and are being exploited by unscrupulous gay rights activists to push an agenda.
The real abuses don’t come from therapists who try to help confused teenagers live a normal life, but from those therapists who inflict the abusive idea that they are doomed to homosexuality. That’s what real child abuse.