MADRID, Spain (ChurchMilitant.com) - In spite of pro-LGBTQ persecution by her government and heavy fines, a Spanish life coach has launched an online course on homosexuality to help people who want to quash unwanted same-sex attraction.
Elena Lorenzo told Church Militant that The Road to Heterosexuality is a course of 28 videos and materials for people who freely choose to address their self-identity and sexuality. The course offers "structured companionship that is based on respect and freedom." Lorenzo seeks to show what homosexuality is and the reasons for same-sex attraction, while participants analyze their identity.
Lorenzo explained that she and fellow life coaches help their clients to achieve goals and fulfill their personal potential. According to LifeCoach.com, life coaches are comparable to athletic coaches. Lorenzo said that she doesn't offer psychotherapy but instead offers companionship so that her interlocutors can "re-encounter their identity" and address areas of their lives that may be "stagnated" or "blocked" since childhood.
Lorenzo said that her "formative and informative course on homosexuality" focuses on the importance of having a "broad knowledge in order to counsel other people about the issue." She said that it seeks to "help in a process of accompaniment, that is structured, sensitive and effective, that is based on respect and freedom, which deals with the person as a whole" and is directed at sexual orientation. It reveals the issues that can lead to homosexuality, lesbianism and same-sex attraction among women, and gender dysphoria.
Lorenzo, a devout Catholic, has years of experience coaching hundreds of people experiencing same-sex attraction and addiction to pornography. On her website, she cites a number of basic homosexualist principles that she counters with her work:
Lorenzo's coaching "should not be confused with conversion therapies that seek to change the sexual orientation or gender identity" of those seeking help, says her website. It adds that "identity coaching focuses on the emotional dimension, personal confidence and self-esteem, the interior self and others."
Lorenzo said that some of the people she has helped have not come out publicly in her defense out of fear of reprisals. But her website offers several success stories. According to the website, "Monica" has returned to her Catholic faith as a woman consecrated to God after consulting Lorenzo. "Monica," despite same-sex attraction and a number of lesbian relationships, is a woman "called by God, but who also has a same-sex attraction."
Monica gave credit to Lorenzo for the trust that they developed during their consultations, which provided a "clear diagnosis, which became the key to the success of my process." She and Lorenzo reached her "interior child." Monica had become convinced that she was a lesbian and had sexualized and dependent relationships with women while experiencing emptiness, pain and objectification. These relationships are encouraged by the media and social networks, she said, and are found even in Catholic religious orders.
After consulting Lorenzo, Monica said that she had been seeking feminine affection, not sex with women. Monica thanked God for the help she got from Lorenzo.
Despite clients' testimonials, Spanish authorities levied a fine last year of just over €20,000 ($22,500) on Lorenzo for promoting "homosexuality healing therapies," which are outlawed by the metropolitan government of Madrid. This is the heaviest fine yet imposed for such an infraction, and came after a complaint by the leftist Arcópoli LGBTQ group. Arguing that she is the object of political persecution, Lorenzo said that the fine is "a very serious warning to those of us who think differently." Thanks to a fundraising campaign, Lorenzo was able to pay the initial fine imposed by the Madrid government. She and her legal counsel are now arguing before a Spanish court that the LGBTQ law is unconstitutional and denies basic human rights.
On Feb. 24, Arcópoli issued another complaint against Lorenzo, claiming that her Road to Heterosexuality course violates Madrid's LGBTQ law. In this second complaint against the life coach, the group is demanding this time that the government levy a fine of €45,000 ($50,500), the maximum under the law, against Lorenzo.
Lorenzo and her husband are appealing to freedom-loving people to help cover the costs of the fine and defend her in Spain's Supreme Court and ultimately at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. She is being counseled by the Association of Christian Attorneys of Spain in an expensive litigation. The group argues that the LGBTQ law violates fundamental constitutional rights and should be repealed. Lorenzo said that because she has no institutional support, unlike the Catholic Church, it is much easier for the government to "attack and sink me."
Lorenzo said that the prospect of fines and social opprobrium cause fear, which she said is the LGBTQ lobby's goal for anyone who disagrees. "But I remain unafraid," she said.
Lorenzo said that not only life coaches, but others — including psychiatrists, Christian pastors and even private individuals — may run afoul of the law by helping persons who seek to abandon same-sex attractions.
For example, Bp. Juan Antonio Reig Pla is being investigated by the Spanish government for giving courses that it claims amount to "conversion therapy." In 2019, Bp. Reig said that he is "ready for martyrdom" to defend Christians' right to assert traditional teachings about marriage and sexuality and come to the aid of those who seek it.
As passed by Madrid's municipal legislature, the LGBTQ law describes as a grave infraction: "The promotion and provision of aversion or conversion therapies that have the goal of modifying the sexual orientation or gender identity of a person. For the commission of this infraction, it will be irrelevant the consent given by the person submitted to such therapies."
Madrid municipal authorities began investigating Lorenzo in 2016 after the Arcópoli LGBTQ lobby accused her of promoting online what it called "homosexuality healing therapies." Lorenzo fired back saying that she has "never" offered homosexuality healing or conversion therapies.
In September, Ignacio Aguado of the leftist Ciudadanos Party, vice-president of Madrid's legislative assembly, announced the fine against Lorenzo, who became the first person to be sanctioned for "LGBTQ-phobia." Lorenzo found out about the fine through the media, before being officially notified.
After local elections this year, leftist Aguado said that his government is utterly firm in its defense of LGBTQ rights. The President of the Madrid Community is Isabel Díaz Ayuso of the rightist Popular Party, which has waffled on LGBTQ rights.