I don’t know if you know much about conversion therapy. Or should I say conversion TORTURE. This pseudo-science is nothing more than pure and simple quackery at its worst. The idea is that “they” can turn someone in the LGBT+ spectrum to their “normal” meaning anything but LGBT+. Most of these groups are ran by overly zealous religious groups. As most people would not turn to such extremism to hurt someone that they are not happy with.
When I was much younger I faced my first round of the torture at the hands of my mother and bishop at the church I went to. Later in life I had a second round of it in an attempt to appease my ex partner with the help of another bishop at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which is the same church that I grew up in. p.s. I do not belong to this church any longer.
While I was lucky enough to only experience the Pray it away part of this it always came with the added in MASIVE guilt trips when it does not work. The passive aggressive nature of techniques that re-enforce this barbaric practices. What is even more shameful is with so many prominent and leading mental health organizations calling for it to be outlawed it is still allowed. There are several countries that allow it in one form or another. This even includes the US, EU, and Australia. Though this is changing with the voices of good people raising up to say enough is enough.
You might say “hey, pray it away is not really that bad just go along with it when you are with them. You can be yourself when you are not around them.” What you are missing is that many who are faced with this TORTURE are children under the age of 18. Adults who accept this TORTURE are trying to hang on to those who are important to them. Both groups in the end will find out that it does NOT WORK. Leaving some of them to feel hopeless and lost. Which if you are in a relationship adds to the problems that are already under the surface. At not time is there any remorse from those who drive these harmful TORTURES.
Let me give you a brief overview of what I am talking about when I say TORTURE. I would like to thank Mike Rothschild for this list that he created in this article. This is NOT a full and comprehensive list. Some of these tortures are done in parallel with others. There is even in some countries imprisonment as part of this quackery. The law turns a blind eye unless someone is killed. Then still this is an acceptable risk for these monsters. This is also one of the many reason why the Transgender community has such a high suicide rate.
In its early days, gay conversion therapy was carried out in a manner more akin to torture than therapy. A number of brutal techniques were used in attempts to “convert” gay people into straight people, and these continued well into the 1970s. Chief among these was electroshock therapy, used to short out certain brain pathways and make the patient “forget” they were gay. This had virtually no effect on patients.
Surgery on the Unwilling
Among the horrors of the early days of treating homosexuality were a number of surgeries performed on both willing and unwilling patients. These included procedures such as hysterectomy, ovariectomy, clitoridectomy, physical castration, vasectomy, pudic nerve surgery, and lobotomy.Many of these treatments were performed under the guise of sterilizing “degenerates” and taking them out of the gene pool – a socially acceptable form of eugenics.
Conversion therapy has advanced numerous pseudoscientific ideas in the field of psychotherapy, some of which have been debunked for decades. Some of these include watching heterosexual pornography, accusing patients’ parents of being overbearing or abusive and advocating boys distance themselves from female friends. Later attempts at gay conversion through therapy have involved therapists abusing the trust of their patients by forcing them to perform sexual acts in order to “reclaim” their orientation. Mainstream professional organizations related to psychology have rejected all of these techniques.
Advising “Patients” to Disconnect from Loved Ones
26-year-old Mathew Shurka underwent six years of conversion therapy, including being forced to see unlicensed therapists, being given unprescribed Viagra pills by his father, and being put through ineffective aversion treatments.As part of this, he was forbidden from seeing his mother and sisters for over three years, to help “rid” him of “effeminate behavior.” The treatments failed, and Shurka is now a spokesman for the National Center for Lesbian Rights’s anti-conversion therapy campaign.
While not a therapy per se, one of the most extreme modern practices of gay conversion is the debunked and dangerous practice of exorcism. In 2009, Manifested Glory Ministries was sharply criticized when a 20 minute YouTube video showed a 16-year-old being subjected to an exorcism to “cure” him of his homosexuality.In the video, the boy is forcibly held by the arms, while a pastor screams, “Come on, you homosexual demon! You homosexual spirit, we call you out right now! Loose your grip, Lucifer!” The boy eventually vomited, and the church defended its actions, saying “we believe a man should be with a woman.”
Prescribing Bicycle Riding
While not awful, this is certainly bizarre and unscientific. 19th century American neurologist Graeme M. Hammond suggested bicycling as a cure for homosexuality, believing the sexual orientation to be a mental disorder. He claimed same-sex attraction was merely “nervous exhaustion” and was adamant that “bicycle exercise would restore health and heterosexuality.” This has not been proven by research.
The Creepy Secret Camps
Gay conversion camps are run by numerous church groups, and have been investigated by journalists to see what really goes on there. While much of it is fairly harmless prayer, singing, and role-playing, it’s carried out by unlicensed therapists in secluded camps out in the desert, or in other countries, free from US laws.These camps often run into the thousands of dollars, and are almost always non-refundable and force their attendees to sign confidentiality agreements.
Taking a Cold Shower
This is another bizarre modern technique to “cure” being gay, could something as simple as taking a cold shower really work? That’s the theory put forth by Hong Kong psychiatrist Hong Kwai-wah, chairman of the Exodus International-linked New Creation Association, who suggested taking cold showers and prayer could wash away same-sex attraction.
Three South African men, Erich Calitz, 25; Nicolas Van Der Walt, 19; and Raymond Buys, 15, all died as a result of abuse and starvation at a gay conversion camp there over a five year period. Among the indignities to which they were subjected were beatings, being chained to their beds, and being forced to eat their own waste.The three weren’t even confirmed to be gay or to have come out to anyone, only that their families felt they had “feminine traits.” Two Echo Wild Game Rangers camp employees were arrested and charged with murder for the death of Raymond Buys.
There is no evidence that any kind of medication or pharmaceutical has any effect on a person’s sexual orientation. Despite this, conversion practitioners continue prescribing everything from anti-depressants to Viagra to “cure” being gay.
The 2014 suicide of Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old whose parents put her on Prozac and forced her to attend “Christian therapists,” is one of the terrible tragedies that spurred President Obama to speak about ending gay conversion therapy in America once and for all.Even after Alcorn died, her parents continued to refer to her as “him” and refused to acknowledge that she was transgender.
As seen in the film The Imitation Game, British cryptographer Alan Turing was found guilty of homosexual acts and forced to undergo chemical castration, a form of conversion therapy popular in the ’50s.Turing eventually committed suicide, and the codebreaker who played a vital role in turning the tide of World War II remained a criminal for decades, until he was recently pardoned for his “crimes.”
Pray the Gay Away
The principal face of the Christian effort to use devotional prayer in gay conversion therapy was Exodus International, an umbrella organization of over 300 Protestant and evangelical ministries spread over nearly 20 countries. With a mission to convert homosexuals to heterosexuals, Exodus later changed its focus to modifying behavior, rather than sexual orientation. But after the defection of several founders, including two men who married each other, the organization folded in 2013, apologizing for all of the damage it had done. The member ministries under the Exodus umbrella have continued their work, however.
Another form of dubious psychology used in gay conversion is that of aversive conditioning, where painful or unpleasant sensations are introduced into a gay person so they associate these sensations with homosexuality. Techniques used in aversive conditioning have included use of nausea-inducing drugs while watching gay pornography, the introduction of disgusting smells, or having to describe instances of sexual humiliation.
The Work of NARTH
The “trade organization” for gay conversion therapy is the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality. NARTH, founded in 1992, claims it’s a non-denominational and secular organization dedicated to telling “the truth” about homosexuality being a mental disorder. While not involved in personally trying to “cure” individual gay people, NARTH funds and legitimizes this work. It has allowed unlicensed therapists and counselors to work under its professional umbrella and has given awards and cash donations to a number of discredited researchers, funding dubious scientific work in the service of gay conversion. It has also publicly equated homosexuality with pedophilia. NARTH had its tax exempt status revoked in 2012 because of a paperwork snafu, and a number of its “President’s Award” winners have broken with the organization.
Cambodian LGBTQ teens are seen as possessed by “bad spirits” and often subjected to the machinations of a traditional shaman called a Kru Khmer. These untrained “traditional medicine” practitioners do everything from chant to hitting with bamboo to, in some cases, burning the teen’s hand or back.Homosexuality is in a quasi-legal area in Cambodia, being neither legal nor illegal – while Buddhism is fairly tolerant of alternative lifestyles. However, traditional family structures and deep-seeded social mores in Cambodia often leave teens at the mercy of these quacks.
In March 2018, a story broke involving regarding gay conversion therapist Dr. Melvyn Iscove. Despite the fact Iscove had long claimed homosexuality was a disease that could be overcome, he had been engaging in various sexual acts with his clients since the 1990s and early 2000s. Two male clients came forward to say Iscove had abused them in their 20s and claimed Iscove engaged in inappropriate contact with them during therapy sessions after they had confessed to having gay thoughts. A Toronto court found Iscove guilty of sexual abuse due to these and other actions.
What can you do?
Well let me start with why I am writing this post. Right now I need your voice to raise up and make a stand for those who live in Tasmania Australia by signing this petition [LINK]. Then I need you to take the time and look where you live and see if it is legal. If it is we need to make a stand and stop this torture and the harm that it causes. Raise your voice and start making a stand against it. Many of us suffer for a lifetime afterwards.
Please remember this quote…
“The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.”
~ Lieutenant General David Lindsay Morrison AO
One final thing is a question just for you to ask yourself. Is there blood on your hands for inaction? #noexcuseforabuse
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