This is pretty swank. The World Psychiatric Association, the largest and most influential such body on earth, is about to make it clear that gay-conversion “therapy” is ineffective and dangerous:
The association will release a report tomorrow that will declare its opposition “to any attempts to turn LGBT people heterosexual,” in reference to the effectiveness of so-called conversion therapy.
Along with declaring the inefficacy of such therapy, the WPA also called on governments around the world to decrimalize homosexuality: “WPA supports the need to de-criminalise same-sex sexual orientation and behaviour and transgender gender identity, and to recognise LGBT rights to include human, civil, and political rights.”
“There is no sound scientific evidence that innate sexual orientation can be changed,” the WPA wrote in the statement provided to BuzzFeed News.
If there’s no scientific evidence that it works, why is it still being done? Would you believe it’s because of religion?
Many states such as New York, New Jersey, California, Oregon, and Illinois have banned the use of conversion therapy on minors. However, the ban applies only to state-licensed therapists; unlicensed ones, such as the one Cooper attended, retain the religious freedom to continue their practices.
The reasoning seems to be that if you’re religious you can skirt doing your job as a counselor effectively and become immune to the ordinary standards of your field.
Literally every other major psychological organization in the country has echoed this same sentiment. If our leaders gave a damn about the science and well-being of gay people, this would’ve been sufficient long ago. As it stands, religion is still more influential in many places than science.