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.
WHEN his mum told him to sit in a chair and bite down on something, James did as he was told. GAY conversion therapy goes under the radar, but it still happens in Australia. I WAS raped by a family friend when I was very young.
China decriminalized homosexuality inand removed it from the list of official mental disorders four years later. But stories of families forcing their relatives to undergo conversion therapy remain common, in large part because Chinese society places a high value in filial piety, with getting married and having a child as a major component. In July, a Chinese court ordered a public hospital to compensate a gay man forced to endure such treatment—the first victory of its kind in China.
The organization interviewed 17 people who were threatened, coerced and sometimes physically forced by their parents to submit to conversion therapy, as adults or as adolescents. Five were subjected to electric shocks while being shown images or videos — or given verbal descriptions — of homosexual acts. One said the doctor had described homosexuality as promiscuous and licentious. Indeed, Chinese society strongly favours children who can pass on the family name.
Therapy practices can include methods such as talk therapy, electroshock therapy, treating LGBTQ identity as an addiction issue like drugs or alcohol, and more. While certain therapies, like talk therapy, are also legitimate forms of care for people who experience mental health problems, being gay is, of course, not a mental health disorder. TC, a year-old gay man who spoke to The Huffington Post anonymously for this article in order to protect his safety, is a survivor of conversion therapy practices.
A gay man in central China has successfully sued a mental hospital over forced conversion therapy, in what activists are hailing as the first such victory in a country where the LGBT rights movement is gradually emerging from the fringes. The man, surnamed Yu, had been forcibly admitted to the institution in by his wife and relatives and diagnosed with "sexual preference disorder," court documents show. He was forced to take medicine and receive injections before finally walking free after 19 days.
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.
Conversion therapy is the pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual's sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual using psychological or spiritual interventions. There is virtually no reliable evidence that sexual orientation can be changed and medical bodies warn that conversion therapy practices are ineffective and potentially harmful. The highest-profile advocates of conversion therapy today tend to be fundamentalist Christian groups and other organizations which use a religious justification for the therapy rather than speaking of homosexuality as "a disease".
But several testimonies in the updated report describe abuse by Chechen police and military personnel. Another victim known as E. Many have fled the country over the past year to escape persecution according to the NGO.
In the early s, when I was a middle schooler in Florida, I was subjected to a trauma that was meant to erase my existence as a newly out bisexual. For over two years, I sat on a couch and endured emotionally painful sessions with a counselor. I was told that my faith community rejected my sexuality; that I was the abomination we had heard about in Sunday school; that I was the only gay person in the world; that it was inevitable I would get H. The therapist ordered me bound to a table to have ice, heat and electricity applied to my body.