The groups are in the process of formulating a memorandum of understanding. Two years ago, the same groups issued a similar memorandum in regard to gay conversion “therapy.”
The groups claim that such approaches only further stigmatize LGBT people which can lead to ill-health: “Exclusion, stigma and prejudice may precipitate mental health issues for any person subjected to these abuses.”
Conversion therapy is a religious, not medical, treatment. It exists, not to help anyone, but to prove that God only created heterosexual, cisgender people. It is a critically important part of the dogma for biblical literalists. If conversion therapy works then that proves that LGBT people choose to be LGBT which licenses discrimination and prejudice.
Thus we consult the ultra-orthodox Catholic LifeSiteNews.com for reaction from ACPeds:
A leading American critic, Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, called the statement “yet another example of kowtowing to LGBTQ political pressure by professional medical and mental health guilds around the world.”Leading? Cretella is a religious crackpot who is currently not licensed to practice medicine. She heads up a tiny organization representing physicians who substitute religious dogma for science. They should all forfeit their medical licenses if the doctrine of “do no harm” means anything. The standard response of religious conservatives to scientific findings that they do not like is to claim that medical and scientific organizations are more interested in being politically correct than accepting the science. Of course, the science that they like is religious pseudo-science.
Countering the statement’s claim that there is no evidence that therapy can help a person overcome same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria, Cretella told LifeSiteNews, “There is no science demonstrating universal harm to anyone who makes the informed choice to pursue the goal of diminishing LGBT attractions under the direction of a licensed mental health professional.”Really? It's the other way around. A 2009 APA task force study concluded from a literature review that conversion therapies have no evidence to support any claims of success. They also determined that conversion therapy could be harmful. Negative effects included “loss of sexual feeling, depression, suicidality and anxiety.” You may recall that the folks at Exodus International, at one time the leading proponent of conversion therapy, admitted that nobody really changes. They ceased operation on July 8, 2013.
In an April 2012 essay in The American Prospect, writer Gabriel Arana wrote “My So-Called Ex-Gay Life” describing his therapy experience. His therapist blamed his parents for his homosexuality, and oddly urged him to distance himself from his female best friends. There is no evidence whatsoever that parenting has any effect on sexual orientation. Mr. Arana, by the way, is still quite gay.
And let us not forget that a New Jersey Court found that JONAH (a Jewish conversion therapy group) committed consumer fraud. Only one paper by Robert Spitzer ever really supported conversion therapy. In 2012 Spitzer retracted the paper and apologized to the gay community.
If you cannot document that a therapy works then it does more harm than good per se. When patients inevitably fail to be cured they blame themselves; parents blame their children for not trying hard enough.
Getting back to Cretella via LifeSiteNews:
What’s more, she added, there is no evidence “that gay-affirming therapy leads to optimal physical and mental health outcomes for these individuals.”She is somewhat correct because being gay is not a mental disorder and does not require therapy. Being gay is not unhealthy. It is stigma and oppression that cause stress and unhappiness.
If people want to be treated for attractions and feelings that don’t match their biology, she said, they should be allowed to do so. Attempts to make laws or professional codes banning this are infringements on freedom, Cretella argued.Again she is somewhat correct. However the infringement on freedom is the infringement on the freedom to inflict self-harm. A doctor would not provide, and law would not permit, pills to end the life of an otherwise healthy person who is depressed and suicidal. There are many, many medical decisions that we do not allow patients to make.
“Patients are barred from trying to maximize their normative heterosexual potential in accordance with their biological sex,” she said. Cretella insisted that there are “decades of literature documenting that change happens, and the fact that thousands of ex-gays now lead happy and healthy lives.”Really? What specific literature? The APA's literature review of studies from 1960 to 2007 found only 83 on the topic. None of those provided sufficient documentation to support any finding in support of conversion therapy. They do not do downstream follow-up because they know that the results will be dismal.
Most offensive, though, is the notion that that being LGBT is abnormal and at odds with our potential. Sadly, some parents believe this nonsense and children suffer.
But there is more. Family Education Trust is the UK's version of Family Research Council:
Nope. Not even close to reality. Gender and sex are two different things. For the vast majority of people they align but for some people they do not. There is no known medical intervention to treat gender dysphoria.Norman Wells of the Family Education Trust also weighed in against the joint statement, which “accuses therapists who seek to align a person’s mind to his or her birth sex of ‘changing a fundamental aspect’ of who the person is. But in reality, it is those who encourage and reinforce thought-patterns which are at variance with the biological evidence that is staring them in the face who are guilty of changing a fundamental aspect of who the person is.”
Hate groups always assert that LGBT people present some threat to children. Being gay or trans is not contagious. Nor are they acquired tastes.Wells went on to condemn the groups behind the joint statement for encouraging not just impressionable children and teenagers to believe what is contrary to objective facts, but society in general.
So … gender dysphoria does not exist? Yet another religious ignoramus claims to have medical expertise. Does his membership in the Royal Society of Arts count?It is especially “cruel” to promote “the idea to children that a boy can be born into a girl's body and a girl can be born into a boy's body. Respecting and preserving a child's birth sex should be seen as a child protection issue.”
Wells added, “True kindness and compassion involves honestly, gently and patiently seeking to help people who are genuinely confused about their identity to recognise and accept who they really are, not pretending that they are someone that they are not.”How about treating people in accordance with the accepted scientific consensus?