D. Eugene Thorne

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D. Eugene Thorne worked at the Brigham Young University during the 1960's and early 1970's. Some sources connect him to the anti-gay movement at the University during this period [1].

Under the oversight of his committee chairman, Dr. Thorne, McBride experimented on fourteen Gay male subjects to determine if using photographs of nude men and women from Playgirl- and Playboy-type magazines was helpful in electric shock therapy. The 14 Gay BYU students in McBride's study were compared after being "treated" on an out-patient basis during 22 sessions of shock therapy. Each of the 22 sessions lasted 50 minutes. 10 of those minutes were spent in "assertive training" and the remaining 40 minutes in "aversive conditioning." The average duration of treatment for the men was three months. The release form these men were required to sign informed them that "damage to tissue or organs may occur," that they would be looking at "sensitive materials" possibly contrary to their values [ie. pornography], and that BYU would be released from any responsibility for any damage done to them.

When he left the Brigham Young University, he was part-owner of Provo Canyon School before founding Discovery Academy [2].

Discovery Academy was sold in 2003.

There are no evidence of his continued activity in the industry beside lobbying for looser oversight over the industry by the authorities. He seems to be a so-called "expert witness" in various trials [3]

References

  1. "The Abominable and Detestable Crime Against Nature": A Revised History of Homosexuality & Mormonism, 1840-1980, by Connell O'Donovan © 1994, 2004, "chapter Shocking Events at the Y"
  2. Discovery Academy datasheet, HEAL-online
  3. Ronald Watson Lafferty, Petitioner-appellant, v. Gerald Cook, Warden of the Utah State Prison, Respondent-appellee - United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. - 949 F.2d 1546 - Dec. 9, 1991.Rehearing Denied Jan. 3, 1992