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  •  It's been banned for minors in California. (4+ / 0-)

    To my mind, this is entirely appropriate -- minors being forced by their parents into ex-gay therapy is absolutely something that should be illegal.

    Furthermore, therapeutic practices that are abusive should be restricted, either by law or by professional guidelines.  

    What I've read about ex-gay therapy makes it sound extremely creepy.  IIRC, it can involve "aversion therapy" where pain is applied when one looks at gay pornography.  That's abuse, IMO.

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    by cai on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 02:22:16 PM PDT

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    •  OK, I do support a ban for minors. (1+ / 0-)
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      It isn't something I've followed closely--if it's abusive then that's a different story.  I thought it was a kind of useless talk-therapy.

      •  From Wikipedia: (1+ / 0-)
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        The American Psychiatric Association has condemned "psychiatric treatment, such as reparative or conversion therapy which is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder or based upon the a priori assumption that the patient should change his/her sexual homosexual orientation."[7] It states that, "Ethical practitioners refrain from attempts to change individuals' sexual orientation."[8]

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         Psychologist Douglas Haldeman writes that conversion therapy comprises efforts by mental health professionals and pastoral care providers to convert lesbians and gay men to heterosexuality by techniques including aversive treatments, such as "the application of electric shock to the hands and/or genitals," and "nausea-inducing drugs...administered simultaneously with the presentation of homoerotic stimuli," masturbatory reconditioning, visualization, social skills training, psychoanalytic therapy, and spiritual interventions, such as "prayer and group support and pressure."[10]

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        by cai on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 02:51:15 PM PDT

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        •  Not to mention the money. (2+ / 0-)
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          This abusive scam is lucrative for the practitioners and costly for the victims. And I sure don't want it funded by Obamacare.

          If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

          by CwV on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 05:21:16 PM PDT

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