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June 26, 2005

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gringo

You can still be who want to be as long as you are not a sixteen year old boy with fundamentalist parents.

I am sure that I would have found it all "inspiring".

Cheryl

Here is the official poop from the pre-eminent authorities at the American Psychiatric Association:

Gay and Lesbian Issues

In December 1973, the American Psychiatric Association's Board of Trustees deleted homosexuality from its official nomenclature of mental disorders, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Second Edition (DSMII). The action was taken following a review of the scientific literature and consultation with experts in the field. For a mental condition to be considered a psychiatric disorder, it should either regularly cause emotional distress or regularly be associated with clinically significant impairment of social functioning. These experts found that homosexuality does not meet these criteria...

"Reparative Therapy"

"Reparative therapy," also known as conversion therapy, is a term that is used to describe treatment attempts to change a person from a homosexual orientation to a heterosexual orientation. There is no published scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of "reparative therapy" as a treatment to change ones sexual orientation. It is not described in the scientific literature, nor is it mentioned in the APA's latest comprehensive Task Force Report, Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders (1989).

There are a few reports in the literature of efforts to use psychotherapeutic and counseling techniques to treat persons troubled by their homosexuality who desire to become heterosexual; however, results have not been conclusive, nor have they been replicated. There is no evidence that any treatment can change a homosexual person's deep seated sexual feelings for others of the same sex.

Clinical experience suggests that any person who seeks conversion therapy may be doing so because of social bias that has resulted in internalized homophobia, and that gay men and lesbians who have accepted their sexual orientation positively are better adjusted than those who have not done so.

APA Position Statement on Homosexuality

The American Psychiatric Association is officially on record with the following position statements:

Homosexuality

Whereas homosexuality per se implies no impairment in judgement, stability, reliability, or general social or vocational capabilities, the American Psychiatric Association calls on all international health organizations, and individual psychiatrists in other countries, to urge the repeal in their own country of legislation that penalizes homosexual acts by consenting adults in private. And further, the APA calls on these organizations and individuals to do all that is possible to decrease the stigma related to homosexuality wherever and whenever it may occur. (December 1992) ...

I cannot imagine a clearer case for arresting those who are trying to brainwash queers. These fanatics are practicing medicine without a license and engaging in quackery. There are laws to deal with this sort of thing.

dolphin

I don't have a problem with "conversion therapy" so long as it's treated like other medical procedures in that all the risks are throughly explained to the patient (who I think should have to be at least 18 to make the decision to take those risks). While I'm gay, know I didn't choose to be that way, and no amount of "therapy" will change it, I think that so long as people are informed that conversion therapy has like a 99.9% failure rate and can cause significant psychological damage with an extraordinarily high number of patients ending their therapy with sucide, then people shoudl be allowed to do what they want. The reason I have a problem with Love Won Out (and every other reparative therapy advocate I've ever heard of) is that they DON'T inform the patients. I have a problem with ANY "doctor" who lies to a patient about the potential risks and effectiveness of ANY medical procedure just to get them to under go that procedure (and in the process line that "doctor's" pockets, which is often overlooked as a major motivation in running these programs, but all it takes is a look into what they charge).

Cheryl

Actually, the American Medical Association does have a problem with unlicensed individuals employing dangerous and unproven 'therapies'. That is why we have a food and drug administration and a medical licensing board.

The only reason why idiots like love run out are not behind bars is because of a fanatical christian mindset in this country that leans on anyone who does not go along with their agenda.

dolphin

I guess it's the libertarian in me (he comes out occasionally). I just don't see a problem with people subjecting themselves to this if they are aware of all the facts.

Like I said above however, I do have a SERIOUS problem with these groups misrepresenting (ie. LYING) themselves as they do.

Cheryl

To each his own. Personally, I'd rather have my children protected by the government from religious fanatics who mess with their minds in the guise of healing them. You know, just in case I do not happen to be there when my kids get caught in the snare.

vasya_omp

Hello All! Very nice JOB!!!
RESPECT

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