Gay Cures: “An abuse” say healthcare professionals

Leading psychiatrists have united to condemn so-called “gay cure” therapies as an “abuse” of patients which is neither ethically nor scientifically sound. A consensus statement undersigned by professional bodies including the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British Psychological Society and the UK Council for Psychotherapy said that practitioners who offered “cures” and “treatments” for homosexuality were causing harm to their patients.

In a statement requested by the Department of Health, the group said that to suggest to “vulnerable people” who sought psychiatric help that their sexuality was the cause of their difficulties was “misleading and prejudiced”. Gay cure therapies are often based on religious interpretations
of sexuality.

The document can be downloaded here

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