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ERIC Number: EJ995337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Therapy of Lies
Price, Sean
Teaching Tolerance, n42 p51-53 Fall 2012
Conversion therapy comes in many forms, ranging from informal chats with counselors to aggressive physical coercion, but all are based on the belief that a gay male or a lesbian can be changed "back" to heterosexual behavior. It is not just alarmed parents who turn to this therapy. Many LGBT individuals seek out such treatment in an effort to leave behind the social stigma of homosexuality. Supporters of conversion therapy frequently try to get their message into classrooms. Thus, it is important that educators know more about them and their cause. Conversion therapy goes by many names, including ex-gay therapy, reparative therapy and reorientation therapy. Whatever it is called, the treatment is based on the belief that homosexuals are actually heterosexuals in denial. But conversion therapy has no grounding in mainstream medicine. It is a pseudoscience--junk science. That is why it has been condemned by such groups as the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Medical Association (AMA). It poses as a medical treatment--but it is really a type of bullying. Know what it is and how to help when LGBT students are told to "pray away the gay."
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Language: English
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