Two prominent LGBT organizations are tackling gay conversion therapy.
GLAAD is teaming up with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and their Born Perfect campaign to raise awareness about the harmful therapy that attempts to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT people — most prominently children.
“Conversion therapy can take many forms,” wrote GLAAD on their website. “While some ‘counselors’ still use physical treatments like aversive conditioning (electric shocks, nausea induction, or orgasmic reconditioning, amongst other methods), the techniques most commonly used include a variety of behavioral, cognitive, psychoanalytic, and other practices that try to change or reduce same-sex attraction or alter a person’s gender identity. These methods could occur during talk therapy with a therapist or in so-called ‘conversion therapy camps,’ where LGBTQ youths are isolated from their families.”
The campaign will spend the next 16 weeks sharing information about the practice through their websites and social media pages, aiming to dispel myths and spread awareness.
“Every major medical and mental health organization - including the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, and American Psychiatric Association - have denounced conversion therapy as both harmful and ineffective,” they added. “Conversion therapy has been shown to lead to increased depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and even suicide.”