All the medical organisations who think gay cure therapy is bulls**t
As proponents of gay ‘cure’ therapy continue to target vulnerable gay people, we take a look at all the bodies who have disavowed the practise.
A video promoting gay ‘cure’ therapy to young people recently received more than 1.5 million views.
The practise defies not just logic, but also the consensus reached by medical, psychological and therapeutic organisations across the world.
Experts overwhelmingly agree that trying to cure someone’s sexuality is futile, misguided, and often harmful.
Forcing teens to repress their sexuality has been linked to depression, self-harm and even suicide.
But don’t take our word for it – here’s what the experts actually think.
Here is a very incomplete list of organisations that have disavowed gay ‘cure’ therapy.
The World Psychiatric Association
The international umbrella organisation of psychiatric societies has disavowed gay cure therapy.
Its statement says: “There is no sound scientific evidence that innate sexual orientation can be changed. Furthermore, so-called treatments of homosexuality can create a setting in which prejudice and discrimination flourish, and they can be potentially harmful.
“The provision of any intervention purporting to ‘treat’ something that is not a disorder is wholly unethical.
“WPA considers same-sex attraction, orientation, and behaviour as normal variants of human sexuality. It recognises the multi-factorial causation of human sexuality, orientation, behaviour, and lifestyle. It acknowledges the lack of scientific efficacy of treatments that attempt to change sexual orientation and highlights the harm and adverse effects of such ‘therapies’.”
The American Medical Association
The AMA has disavowed gay cure therapy.
The body “believes that the physician’s nonjudgmental recognition of patients’ sexual orientations, sexual behaviors, and gender identities enhances the ability to render optimal patient care in health as well as in illness.”
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