Matheson said he knew his work had helped some people, but was certain he had hurt some people too. I am truly sorry for those flaws and the harm they have surely caused some people. After the private conversation was made public, Matheson wrote a Facebook post to affirm he was gay.
In the early s, when I was a middle schooler in Florida, I was subjected to a trauma that was meant to erase my existence as a newly out bisexual. For over two years, I sat on a couch and endured emotionally painful sessions with a counselor. I was told that my faith community rejected my sexuality; that I was the abomination we had heard about in Sunday school; that I was the only gay person in the world; that it was inevitable I would get H.
Conversion therapy is the pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual's sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual using psychological or spiritual interventions. There is virtually no reliable evidence that sexual orientation can be changed and medical bodies warn that conversion therapy practices are ineffective and potentially harmful. The highest-profile advocates of conversion therapy today tend to be fundamentalist Christian groups and other organizations which use a religious justification for the therapy rather than speaking of homosexuality as "a disease".
Such practices have been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades, but due to continuing discrimination and societal bias against LGBTQ people, some practitioners continue to conduct conversion therapy. Minors are especially vulnerable, and conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide. Seven of these state laws were enacted under Republican governors.
After he had gay sex for the first time, church leaders asked Benson to renounce Baal an Old Testament god of the Phoenicians and exorcise the spirit of sodomy. They made the year-old delete his queer contacts. They drew a cross on his phone with consecrated oil.
These are external links and will open in a new window. Controversial "gay conversion therapies" are to be banned as part of a government plan to improve the lives of gay and transgender people. It also found more than two-thirds of LGBT people avoid holding hands in public, for fear of negative reactions.
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The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. The debate was to include discussion of giving parents greater access to conversion therapy for their children to counsel them away from same-sex attraction or gender transition.