Thursday, August 6, 2009

You Cannot Change Your Sexual Orientation

Jesus, finally.

The recent report from the American Psychiatric Society definitively states that it is not possible to change your sexual orientation.

Oh my god, what was that I just heard? Progress?! This is the same organization that pre 1975 classified homosexuality as a mental disorder.

The study was created as a response to the religious right demanding a report on programs such as exodus, since a large portion of strict religions preach negativity towards homosexuality.

The important facts that emerged included

> a recommendation to psychiatrists not to prescribe change to homosexuals
> proof that homosexuals who attempt to become hetero through programs suffer low self worth and negative affects
> proof that religious standards are what causes the harm to the psyche of homosexuals

From CNN:
  The task force noted that some people attempt to change their sexual orientation because it conflicts with their religious beliefs, and recommended that their mental health care providers help them "explore possible life paths that address the reality of their sexual orientation, reduce the stigma associated with homosexuality, respect the client's religious beliefs, and consider possibilities for a religiously and spiritually meaningful and rewarding life."

You can read all about it here on the CNN web site.


TheWeyrd1 said...

As a psychologist working with kids and teenagers this is very good news. I like hardcore research to point to when discussing what will, might, or won't work...

citizen spot said...

Well its about time!!! It is too bad that the non-reality based community will find a way to ignore these findings.

ElenĂ¡ro said...

Is this really for real? I wonder how much time it will take some of those religious zealots to start giving some reason to dismiss this.

Also I wonder, now that this report came to public, how many more will start popping up like popcorns.

Thanks for the information!