Lawmaker wants state to examine 'gay ...

Lawmaker wants state to examine 'gay conversion'

There are 5 comments on the crosscut.com story from Feb 15, 2013, titled Lawmaker wants state to examine 'gay conversion'. In it, crosscut.com reports that:

A new Washington House bill would set up a panel to determine whether so-called "gay conversion therapy" works, whether it is harmful, and whether it should be regulated.

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#1 Feb 15, 2013
Of course it hurts. On cannot live in denial without suffering serious consequences.

Since: Jun 11

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#2 Feb 15, 2013
We already know it doesn't work, and causes harm. Shame and guilt are not healthy.

"The idea that homosexuality is a mental disorder or that the emergence of same-sex attraction and orientation among some adolescents is in any way abnormal or mentally unhealthy has no support among any mainstream health and mental health professional organizations.

Despite the general consensus of major medical, health, and mental health professions that both heterosexuality and homosexuality are normal expressions of human sexuality, efforts to change sexual orientation through therapy have been adopted by some political and religious organizations and aggressively promoted to the public. However, such efforts have serious potential to harm young people because they present the view that the sexual orientation of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth is a mental illness or disorder, and they often frame the inability to change one’s sexual orientation as a personal and moral failure.

Because of the aggressive promotion of efforts to change sexual orientation through therapy, a number of medical, health, and mental health professional organizations have issued public statements about the dangers of this approach. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of Social Workers, together representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises youth that counseling may be helpful for you if you feel confused about your sexual identity. Avoid any treatments that claim to be able to change a person’s sexual orientation, or treatment ideas that see homosexuality as a sickness."

(Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation and Youth [APP])

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#3 Feb 15, 2013
"Contrary to claims of sexual orientation change advocates and practitioners, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of psychological interventions to change sexual orientation," said Judith M. Glassgold, PsyD, chair of the task force. "Scientifically rigorous older studies in this area found that sexual orientation was unlikely to change due to efforts designed for this purpose. Contrary to the claims of SOCE practitioners and advocates, recent research studies do not provide evidence of sexual orientation change as the research methods are inadequate to determine the effectiveness of these interventions." Glassgold added: "At most, certain studies suggested that some individuals learned how to ignore or not act on their homosexual attractions. Yet, these studies did not indicate for whom this was possible, how long it lasted or its long-term mental health effects. Also, this result was much less likely to be true for people who started out only attracted to people of the same sex."

Based on this review, the task force recommended that mental health professionals avoid misrepresenting the efficacy of sexual orientation change efforts when providing assistance to people distressed about their own or others' sexual orientation.

Insufficient Evidence that Sexual Orientation Change Efforts Work, Says [American Psychological Association]

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#4 Feb 15, 2013
I remember when I got converted to gay. I was just walkin down the street mindin my own business, when this pretty girl leanin against a lamppost siad to me, "Hi sailor ! New in town ?"

So we went to her place and after I got her pants off, I said, "omg ! You aint no girl !"

And then "WOO-HOO !" :)

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#5 Feb 15, 2013
This bill is an excellent idea.

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