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Tags: conversion therapy, Crime and Punishment, Dwan Prince, ex-gay, hate crimes
Categories : Queer News, Outside OH-IN-KY
Get it beaten out of you. Apparently, a hate crime/vicious attack was all it took for Dwan Prince to become straight. Don’t forget step 2 — that is, write a letter to your beater who is waiting on a decrease in sentence trial with these (perhaps) inadvertently humorous lines at the end:
Steve you changed me! So hopefully when you get out we can hang out. You know me. I know you. I help you calm that angry machine down. And allow you to know I am not gay but a lover, and you can find me a female I can love and can love me.
See, if I said that to a straight guy, I’d just be trying to either: a) get revenge, or b) get laid. But, you know, I’m a spiteful whore.
Maybe that’s not the point here.
For the conversion therapist of the world: please note that this is not an acceptable form of “therapy.”
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Tags: APA, conversion therapy, ex-gay
Categories : Health and HIV
Today, the American Psychological Association, after a ten-year review of research and literature, concluded thus:
The task force conducted a systematic review of the peer-reviewed journal literature on sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) and concluded that efforts to change sexual orientation are unlikely to be successful and involve some risk of harm, contrary to the claims of SOCE practitioners and advocates.
Even though the research and clinical literature demonstrate that same-sex sexual and romantic attractions, feelings, and behaviors are normal and positive variations of human sexuality, regardless of sexual orientation identity, the task force concluded that the population that undergoes SOCE tends to have strongly conservative religious views that lead them to seek to change their sexual orientation.
Thus, the appropriate application of affirmative therapeutic interventions for those who seek SOCE involves therapist acceptance, support, and understanding of clients and the facilitation of clients’ active coping, social support, and identity exploration and development, without imposing a specific sexual orientation identity outcome.