|Action||Unprofessional conduct - conversion therapy|
|Comment Period||Ends 8/7/2019|
A person’s sexual orientation can not be changed. Period.
A therapist who claims they can change a person’s sexual orientation is engaging in fraudulent practices because they know there is no real change, the survivor simply learns to hide who they are. At best this is fraud, at worst it’s abuse.
A recent issue of Psychology Today had this to say https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/political-minds/201811/gay-conversion-therapy-associated-suicide-risk
“The study recruited 245 LGBT people between the ages of 21 and 25. Participants were asked two questions about sexual orientation conversion therapy:
They also had participants complete a number of mental health measures. Those whose parents tried to change their sexual orientation had three-fold higher odds of having ever attempted suicide (aOR 3.08, 95 percent CI 1.39-6.83). Those whose parents enlisted the help of a professional (therapist or religious leader) to change their sexual orientation had a five-fold higher odds of having ever attempted suicide (aOR 5.07, 95 percent CI 2.38-10.79).
Overall, the field of psychiatry continues to condemn efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation. We now have additional data to show that such efforts are dangerous. As I’ve written before, several states have begun to outlaw the practice. I hope this new data will help propel lawmakers in other states to do the same.