Gay conversion therapy is a new toy for sadistic religious freaks to cause real psychological damage to gay youth.
By Julien J. Metzmeyer, Opinion Editor
The eternal question — is homosexuality a choice or not — has been clearly answered by the scientific community but some people confronted with their own fears still think it is and use the gay conversion therapy so they can fit people into a one-size-fits all box. The danger of the therapy is that it is causing some irreversible psychological damage especially to gay youth.
Dr. Jack Drescher, MD, fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the DSM-5 work group on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders said to Human Rights Campaign, “Not only is homosexuality not a choice, as most efforts to try and change a person’s sexual orientation fail, but some attempts to change can cause harm and damage to an individual’s well-being,”
According to the government’s national health interview survey, 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual….but 96.6 percent of the population self-identifies as straight.
If prevailing medical belief is that homosexuality is not a choice – therefore it is natural – what could be the objection to people being gay? Morality? “Morality” is defined by Oxford dictionaries as “a particular system of values and principles of conduct, especially one held by a specific person or society.” If 96.6 percent of the population self-identifies as straight, who do you think is defining society’s values and principles? In other words, gay people don’t have a say in society’s definition of morality.
According to the website speakforthem.org, suicide is the leading cause of death among gay and lesbian youth nationally. Thirty percent of young homosexuals attempt suicide near the age of 15 and it has been estimated that 1,500 gay and lesbian youth commit suicide every year, according to a 2009 report of the American Psychological Association. Two out of three Americans believe gay people commit suicide at least partly because of messages coming out of churches and other places of worship, according to CNN. Yet conversion enthusiasts insist they’re only trying to help those they’re calling fundamentally damaged and in need of their kind of repair.
Procedures therapists have used to try and change sexual orientation and gender identity by inducing nausea and vomiting. The individual snaps an elastic band around the wrist when aroused by same-sex erotic images or thoughts; using shame to create aversion to same-sex attractions; orgasmic reconditioning; and satiation therapy.
Other techniques include trying to coach patients’ behavior to be more stereotypically feminine or masculine which clearly worked for the Village People; using hypnosis to try to redirect desires and arousal, and other techniques including teaching heterosexual dating skills. Because there’s nothing more exciting for a guy trying not to like guys, than trying to pick up girls.
A World Health Organization report calls the therapy “a serious threat to the health and well-being – even lives – of affected people.” Robert L. Spitzer, a psychiatrist who initially endorsed the practice in a study in 2001 said to the New York times, ” I owe the gay community an apology.” He had once compared homosexuality with other conditions defined as disorders, like depression and alcohol but later retracted himself.
The only thing gay conversion therapy does is exacerbate anxiety and self-hatred among those treated. It pushes a lot of those kids to the edge and left sometimes with no choice but to check out from a world where they were told they don’t belong. Gay conversion therapy has already been banned in California and New Jersey but it is very much alive though in the rest of the country, where these demented people can say with impunity those kids are abnormal.
But if these zealots don’t care what scientists say, perhaps they’d listen to a saint: St. Anthony the Great said, “A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad; you are not like us.’ ”
It is time for those people to let go of their fears, drop their bibles and join the party because anyone who ever been to a gay parade knows that nobody party as hard as gay people.