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There is no body of evidence showing a link between gay conversion therapy and harm

Posted by Dermot O'Callaghan on 1st April 2019

There is no body of evidence showing a link between gay conversion therapy and harm

Published by the Belfast Newsletter, here.

Andy Barr’s letter (‘Evidence suggests that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation results in high levels of mental health problems,’ Feb 25, below) consists mainly of opinions and anecdotes rather than scientific facts. He says, “All evidence shows that ‘gay conversion therapy’ doesn’t work and is dangerous.” This is not so. Such a statement is invalid unless there is a body of scientific research showing a causal link between therapy and harm. There isn’t. Two recent studies that followed people through therapy (Jones and Yarhouse; Santero et al) found that overall they benefited from the experience.
 
Mr Barr cites a study by a leading member of the Church of England, but this doesn’t cut the mustard. The study was open to all, but LGBT participants applied in overwhelming numbers many times what one would expect, so that despite their small numbers in the population, they actually outnumbered heterosexuals in the study. This enthusiasm for ‘the cause’ might also have influenced their answers to the questions. The claim that some people were forced to have heterosexual sex should be prosecuted under existing laws, not by banning legitimate therapy (and in fact gay men are in more danger from their own partners than from “conversion therapists”.)
 
Dr Lisa Diamond, co-editor-in-chief of the APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology, has courageously stated that ‘born gay’ should be laid to rest as unscientific. This should facilitate a mutually respectful discussion in future to establish the true facts.
 
Dermot O’Callaghan
 

Evidence suggests that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation results in high levels of mental health problems

Published by Belfast Newsletter, here.

The LGBT demonstrators outside Townsend Street Presbyterian church should be congratulated. All evidence shows that “gay conversion therapy” doesn’t work and is dangerous. Available evidence suggests that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation results in high levels of mental health problems, suicide attempts and self harm
 
In fact a prominent conversion therapy advocate, David Matheson, has come out as gay after spending decades of his life entrenched in homophobia.
 
In a survey on the subject conducted by the Church or England which attracted 4,600 gay responses, of these 458 said they tried to become straight, 91 attempted suicide and 22 had been forced to have sex with someone of the opposite sex.
 
Almost all said it was a horrific experience.
 
To my mind “gay conversion therapy” is little different to “exorcism”, the casting out of so called demons or the devil by people possessed by the afore mentioned. In 2015 there was a case of a GP being struck off for taking a patient with mental problem to a church for exorcism.
 
In fact a prominent conversion therapy advocate, David Matheson, has come out as gay after spending decades of his life entrenched in homophobia.

Read more at: https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/your-say/evidence-suggests-that-attempts-to-change-a-person-s-sexual-orientation-results-in-high-levels-of-mental-health-problems-1-8823549
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorders are the usual candidate for a false diagnosis of possession of demons and the treatment has the same terrible effect as gay conversion therapy. Gay people are born gay, they don’t chose that lifestyle and no amount of praying, therapy or anything else will alter that fact.
 
The religious fundamentalists and evangelicals should be exposed as they were when they were when they supported similar practises such as witchcraft in times gone bye.

Andy Barr