What is conversion therapy?

Conversion therapy is a pseudoscientific practice that aims to change homosexual individuals into "normal" heterosexual members of society.

It assumes that homosexuality is:

  • A disease/mental illness
  • A voluntary behaviour
  • Morally wrong

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The Dangers Of Conversion Therapy: Statistics, Study, And Controversy | Betterhelp

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  1. Homosexuality is a natural extension of human sexuality, and thus does not need to be "cured" or changed.
  2. There is no evidence that conversion therapy is effective & actually changes a person's sexuality.
  3. Conversion therapy causes extreme psychological harm of the people who have to endure it.
  4. Conversion therapy may cause social harm by disseminating unscientific views about sexual orientation.

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Why does it still exist?

Eventhough, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has taken a strong stance against conversion therapy, it still continues to be practiced today because of homophobia stemming from:

  • religious justifications
  • ignorance.

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The importance of knowing the truth

Knowing the dangers of conversion therapy is important.

If you are heterosexual & someone in your life is gay, then you should do your best to accept them for who they are because their sexuality does nothing to diminish their value as a person.

Do your part in educating people about the dangers of conversion therapy.

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