Psychologists Say Stop Trying To Make Gay People Straight
The American Psychological Association is telling health care professionals not to advise gay clients that they can become straight via therapy. Instead, they say, try celibacy or switch churches.
In a resolution adopted on a 125-to-4 vote by the APA’s governing council, and in a comprehensive report based on two years of research, the 150,000-member association put itself firmly on record in opposition of so-called “reparative therapy” which seeks to change sexual orientation.
No solid evidence exists that such change is likely, says the report, and some research suggests that efforts to produce change could be harmful, inducing depression and suicidal tendencies.
One of the largest and best known organizations dedicated to getting gays to change sexual orientation is Exudus International. Their motto is, “Freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ.” Exodus president Alan Chambers (right) says he is someone who “overcame unwanted same-sex attraction.”
, a gay-rights activist who has sought to discredit the so-called “ex-gay” movement, welcomed the APA findings.
“Ex-gay therapy is a profound travesty that has led to pointless tragedies, and we are pleased that the APA has addressed this psychological scourge,” Besen said.Click here for reuse options!
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