If you're a gay conversion therapist, the last place you'd want to be seen is on a same sex dating app.
It's worse if you, yourself, are looking for a hookup.
That's the exact situation Dr. Norman Goldwasser, proponent of gay conversion therapy and other holistic approaches to 'curing' it, found himself in.
The organization Truth Wins Out, which combats anti-gay extremism, discovered Goldwasser on the site.
In a sting operation, they messaged him and arranged for a sexual encounter. Goldwasser, using the screen name "Hotnhairy72" and the fake first name of "Dave", agreed to the scenario.
Some didn't seem surprised.
@TheAdvocateMag I love these stories!!— Jeremy (@Jeremy)1541256734.0
@TheAdvocateMag Just like we always knew...man, when will they ever stop? 🤔🤔🤔— Timeisreal (@Timeisreal)1541320391.0
@TheAdvocateMag How self loathing can one be?— Marcelo F. Levy (@Marcelo F. Levy)1541260054.0
When confronted about being on the site, Goldwasser initially denied the claim. However after being presented with the screenshot of his profile, he confessed.
People were not impressed.
@TheAdvocateMag The help dude needs is in getting laid, clearly.— Bieeanshee: Queen of Spark and Phosphor ⚧ 🏳️🌈 (@Bieeanshee: Queen of Spark and Phosphor ⚧ 🏳️🌈)1541546346.0
@TheAdvocateMag faker— kenyatta yamel (@kenyatta yamel)1541546822.0
@TheAdvocateMag Conversion Therapy is Bulll!!! Live your life honestly and openly!— Frank Alongi Jr (@Frank Alongi Jr)1541547619.0
Goldwasser has spent his career trying to cure "same-sex attraction" with therapy and a 'holistic approach'. He often refers patients to "Journey Into Manhood," a program that sends men into the woods to do "manly" things to make them straight.
He previously worked for Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality or JONAH, a program that continued to try and operate after the courts ordered it to cease. The group tried to use the Torah to teach homophobia.
Some found humor in this hypocrisy.
@RawStory It’s a rescue mission.— Rita Lopes da Graça (@Rita Lopes da Graça)1541547069.0
@RawStory So, he was doing research?— Kenyanikkii Campbell (@Kenyanikkii Campbell)1541547768.0
Truth Wins Out does not report this lightly. While they often fight against anti-gay actions, especially the "ex-gay" movement, they only out people who demonstrate hypocrisy or cause harm to LGBT youth.
Goldwasser easily met that requirement.
Upon being outed, Goldwasser was quoted as saying:
"The fact that this story and others have been brought to the public is incredibly painful but will become a catalyst for me seeking the right help for myself."