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Updated April 21, I'm an example of the enormous damage that it can do to people. That was Ron Smith's reaction to Health Minister Greg Hunt's refusal to condemn a controversial plan by a section of Victoria's Liberal Party to debate gay conversion therapy.
A therapy that claims to convert gay people into heterosexuals is being tested in court with two new cases, one of which seeks to sue counselors offering the therapy and the other seeking to defend them. Gay conversion therapyas it is known, supposedly helps gay people overcome same-sex attractions. But mainstream psychologists say the therapy is ineffective, unethical and often harmful, exacerbating anxiety and self-hatred among those treated for what is not a mental disorder.
The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. The debate was to include discussion of giving parents greater access to conversion therapy for their children to counsel them away from same-sex attraction or gender transition. Yet this therapy has not received the same level of public scrutiny as it has overseas. There is no scientific or medical evidence to support the use of conversion therapies.
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Matheson said he knew his work had helped some people, but was certain he had hurt some people too. I am truly sorry for those flaws and the harm they have surely caused some people. After the private conversation was made public, Matheson wrote a Facebook post to affirm he was gay.
Ina German psychiatrist electrified the audience at a conference on hypnosis with a bold claim: He had turned a gay man straight. Homosexuality, especially same-sex relationships between men, was considered deviant, sinful and even criminal for centuries. In the late 19th century, psychiatrists and doctors began to address homosexuality, too. They labeled same-sex desire in medical terms—and started looking for ways to reverse it.
With the recent announcement from Exodus International that it is closing its doors, and with its leaders offering apologies for their actions, the LGBT community is now left wondering, "Can this really be the end of ex-gay reparative therapy? Is it really over? Before the American Psychiatric Association APA declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder inaversion therapy was used routinely in hopes that it would prevent or eliminate homosexual behavior.