Howard had on "former" homosexual Richard Cohen, the author of "Coming Out Straight," a book that gives advice on how to turn homosexuals into heterosexuals. Robin noted when Richard came in that even though he claimed to now like women, he certainly hadn't lost his gay look. Howard also expressed skepticism about Richard's belief system, but added that he wanted to hear him out. Richard told Howard he had gay feelings when he was in elementary school, and that he started experimenting with the lifestyle as a high school student. It was when he attended college that Richard got into the lifestyle more heavily.
Despite the fact that everyone around him was supportive, Richard claimed that he had always dreamed of being with a woman – even though at the time, the thought of it sickened him. Therefore, he started seeing a therapist to deal with this issue. Richard commented that the therapist was so good that he married a woman right away, and that they have been together for more than 23 years. During his therapy sessions, Richard learned that homosexual desires, which he didn't believe to be innate, occur in males who don't bond with their fathers and then develop over-attachments to their mothers. He claimed that once gay men are willing to confront the causes of their homosexuality, they have the power to change their desires.