Read why gays want to ban therapy (it's not because its really harmful like they falsely claim)
Should conversion therapy for gay youths be banned?Dr. Michael Friedman explains what you need to know about this "harmful" practice.
President Obama called for an end to conversion therapy for LGBT youths on Wednesday at the beginning of April. Though he did not call for a federal law banning the practice, he did make a statement through his adviser Valerie Jarrett that conversion therapy is " neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm."
We talked to Dr. Michael Friedman, Ph.D ., about how conversion therapy is administered and what President Obama's statement means for LGBT youths.
Can you tell me more about conversion therapy?
Everything about gay conversion therapy is based on a false premise. It starts off with the "false" premise that there’s something wrong with being gay, bi or trans and that’s probably the most powerful message of this treatment. There was a time where being gay was considered a mental disorder and this was decades ago, but that premise that there’s something wrong with LGBT is false. There’s no evidence that there’s anything wrong with being LGBT – there’s no psychological or medical problem. (see chart from the CDC rebuttal)
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I think it can range. There are horrible situations like boot camps, but there are practices that seem more benign but are still harmful because of the message that something is wrong with you if you’re LGBT. so the banning the therapy is a statement in favor of homosexuality, not the methodology of the therapy