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Fourth US State to Ban Conversion Therapy

by our Editors in Lifestyle & Fashion , 05 oktober 2015

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The fourth US state is going to ban therapy that claims to change gays or lesbians into straights. The governor of Illinois has signed a new law to accomplish this. Other states that have already implemented such laws are California, New Jersey, Oregon, and the District of Columbia.

It is remarkable for the state of Illinois, as the governor of this state is Republican. On the whole, Republican politicians are very anti-gay and very much against equal rights for homosexuals and transgenders. Apparently there are Republic politicians who do not share this view, for instance governor Bruce Rauner from Illinois. As in the other four states, the ban only applies to therapy for minors.

In Illinois, the new law will take effect on January 1, 2016. The people in this state have come to the understanding that sexual orientation is congenital and cannot be changed, and that undergoing so-called conversion therapy can be extremely dangerous, a fact that has been confirmed over and over again by psychiatrist, psychologists and doctors all over the world, including the World Health Organisation. Research shows that people that have undergone such therapy often get depressed, with many of them ending up committing suicide. Many participants were also sexually abused during these so-called conversion therapies.

Gay teens received electroshock therapy and were sexually abused in order to make them straight. These therapies are still common throughout the word, from Europe, including the Netherlands, to various countries in Africa. There are still doctors, therapist and others that are convinced that homosexuality can be cured.

It was recently revealed that a 16-year-old boy received electroshock therapy at a Victorian Youth Camp in Australia to cure his homosexuality, and that he was also raped on several occasions by his counsellor and other youths. Each time he reported these incidents, he was given more electroshocks, after being told it was necessary to cure him from his gay feelings. It appears that the boy is just one of the hundreds of victims, and that this kind of abuse has been going on since the 1990s. Unfortunately, this is not an exceptional story. All over the world, such techniques are still applied to homosexual children in an attempt to cure them from homosexuality.

The Australian organisation Bridge Builders International calls on the Australian government to ban such therapies. The government should protect young LGBTs and transgenders against such dangerous therapies. This would give out a clear signal that sexual orientation is not something that can be changed. It is also a clear message to the many church leaders and churches that lag behind and have to start a dialogue to get in touch with reality.

The Australian Psychological Society has already labelled this kind of therapy as dangerous.



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