Richard P. Fitzgibbons
Dr. Richard P. Fitzgibbons at a Franciscan University Event

Dr. Richard P. Fitzgibbons claims to be a psychiatrist but he is not board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In fact, According to the American Board of Medical Specialties, he isn’t board certified in any medical specialty or family medicine. Nevertheless, Fitgibbons is quite prolific. Not in JAMA mind you but at Catholic websites. For example, an undated article at Catholic Cultureexplains “The Origins and Healing of Homosexual Attractions.” Here is a sample of the crackpottery:

The most common conflicts at different life stages that predispose individuals to homosexual attractions and behavior are loneliness and sadness, mistrust and fear, profound feelings of inadequacy and a lack of self-acceptance, narcissism, excessive anger, sexual abuse in childhood and a lack of balance in one’s life coupled with overwhelming feelings of responsibility.

Of course what Fitzgibbons is describing is not the origins of homosexuality but the effects of homophobia and repression (including what he, himself, induces) on gay people. The last time I wrote about him, Fitzgibbons was peddling similar nonsense about transgender people. I will get back to the quack shortly.

This brings me to this amazing animated short that I am sure many of you have already seen: In a Heartbeat by Beth David and Esteban Bravo. “A closeted boy runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams.”

According to Doug Mainwaring, an openly but repressed gay man who writes for the very homophobic LifeSiteNews:

Don’t be fooled

While many inside and outside the gay world may find it heart-warming, resonating with their own inner-awkward-middle-school-boy, there’s a problem with it. A big problem.

That “problem:”

The problem is this: The red-haired boy who is pictured is not a “closeted boy.” The animators may think they are portraying such a boy, but they are actually telling a completely different story.


The red-haired boy is not romantically attracted to the second boy, although that’s what the movie’s creators want you to think. He’s attracted to a boy who is his opposite, self-confident and trouble-free.

Uh, that is preposterous. It is laughable. He might be attracted to the other boy for all of those reasons but the romantic attraction is predicated on the fact that he is gay. This cannot be re-tooled in defense of the faith.

This nuttiness brings me back to Dr. Fitzgibbons via Mainwaring:

Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, an expert on marital and child healing, told LifeSiteNews that the movie is “psychologically harmful to youth — not helpful to kids experiencing social anxiety disorder.”

His expertise is not sufficient for him to be board certified. There is no evidence of social anxiety disorder. It is an animated short intended to project precisely what it projects. The kid has gay anxiety due to people like these two schmucks. The quackery continues:

According to Dr. Fitzgibbons’ website, “Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is the most prevalent of all anxiety disorders. A 2011 study of 10,000 American adolescents revealed that anxiety disorders were the most common disorder in youth, occurring in approximately one-third of adolescents.”

“SAD is a marked and persistent fear in social situations characterized by pervasive social inhibition, timidity, lack of confidence and fear. It has an early age of onset, by age 11 years in about 50 percent and by age 20 years in about 80 percent of individuals.”

Most important, “Research has shown that youth suicide risk decreases by delaying self-identifying as a homosexual. One study demonstrated that suicide risk among youth with same-sex attractions decreases 20 percent each year they delay labeling themselves as gay.”

We go from a discussion of SAD to supposed research about gay kids for which there is no link nor attribution. No date either. For all we know it is one of Paul McHugh’s blog posts or one of Fitzgibbons’ posts to some Catholic outlet. Fitzgibbons is a quack but Mainwaring knows better. Yet he is so robotically subservient to the dogma of the Catholic Church that he chooses to promote this utter nonsense.

From there Mainwaring goes off the deep end claiming that gay people are sad, lonely and hopeless. Clearly he is describing himself, the miserable fag that he is. He entered into a sham marriage with a supposedly ex-gay woman. Got divorced and then after ten years decided that he should re-unite with his wife for the benefit of the children that he never should have had in the first place.

Mainwaring now chooses to believe and proffer the teachings of bishops who are untrained and a pseudo-psychiatrist over the many years of research by esteemed professionals. Those folks do publish to JAMA and other respect journals that subject articles to peer review.

Presumably Mainwaring’s children are now in desperate need of real psychiatric help for real neuroses that Mainwaring created. Mainwaring wants to blame the gay for all of his malfeasance in life. He needs a better shaving mirror.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.