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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Conversion Therapy

I thought reparative therapy died a few years ago with the dissolution of Exodus International, which closed in 2013 after its president apologized, acknowledged that conversion therapy does not work, and that changing sexual orientation is not possible. My understanding is that his ex-wife and a few other remnants of Exodus formed the “Restored Hope Network.”

[I noticed this post, on the right side of T-Central's home page, and wish I had featured it a bit sooner.]

From Wikipedia: 

Conversion therapy is psychological treatment or spiritual counseling designed to change a person's sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual. Such treatments are controversial, and are a form of pseudoscience.  Medical, scientific, and government organizations in the United States and Britain have expressed concern over conversion therapy and consider it potentially harmful.

Honestly, I thought that these ideas were long gone.  While this post applies to sexual orientation, conversion therapy has also been used, in the past, to treat transvestism and transsexualism.  In this post The Rev. Jeff Martinhauk, from St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego, discusses a vigil and protest - this evening - at a national conference on conversion or reparative therapy, being held in San Diego and hosted by a local Christian church.

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