During a handsome tête-à-tête with Anderson Cooper on Friday night, Matt R. Salmon, the gay son of Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), opened up about the loving relationship he shares with his parents, both of whom actively oppose same-sex marriage.
Like too many gay teens from conservative families, Salmon was subjected to so-called “reparative” therapy in an attempt to straighten him out. Despite consensus reached by every leading medical and psychological association in the country that “conversion” therapy does great harm while failing to change sexual orientation, Salmon’s experience was more like summer camp sponsored by OKCupid:
“Looking back I don’t regret it,” he said. “The goal was to become straight. And it turns out what I took away from it was an increased confidence…A big part of it was really teaching me to make relationships with straight men because that would help me to kind of take on this straightness and so it really helped me actually learn how to talk with men and…”
“It helped you meet guys,” interjected Cooper.
“Yeah, yeah, it did,” Salmon smirked.
Dumbfounded himself, Cooper reacted, “I think your doctor right now is spitting up his coffee.”