Just a couple of days ago, I posted a cartoon about the so-called “reparative therapies” that seek to “cure” homosexuality. A comment from one of this site’s visitors had prompted me to dig out the old print version of the cartoon and scan it for this blog site. The visitor apparently believes that such therapies are not only reputable but effective, and his comment reminded me that misinformation is still bubbling up from the swamp of ignorance like methane from the tundra. Here is the preamble to the American Psychiatric Association’s position statement on such therapies:
In December of 1998, the Board of Trustees issued a position statement that the American Psychiatric Association opposes any psychiatric treatment, such as “reparative” or conversion therapy, which is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder or based upon the a priori assumption that a patient should change his/her sexual homosexual orientation. In doing so, the APA joined many other professional organizations that either oppose or are critical of “reparative” therapies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, The American Counseling Association, and the National Association of Social Workers.
I would encourage anyone who still believes in the efficacy of reparative therapy to read the full version of the APA’s position statement.