Nearly 700,000 Americans Have Been Subjected To Conversion Therapy, Report Finds

Feb 1, 2018

By Curtis M. Wong

Despite widespread opposition from medical and mental health organizations, tens of thousands of LGBTQ youth in the U.S. will be subjected to anti-gay “conversion therapy” during their lifetime, a new report estimates.

Released this month by the Williams Institute at University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, the report estimates that 698,000 LGBTQ Americans between the ages of 18 and 59 have undergone conversion therapy at some point in their lives. About 350,000 of those received that treatment as adolescents.

The report also estimates that 20,000 LGBTQ youths currently between the ages of 13 and 17 will be subjected to conversion therapy from a licensed health care professional before they turn 18. An additional 57,000 will be subjected to the controversial practice from a religious or spiritual adviser before age 18.

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2 comments on “Nearly 700,000 Americans Have Been Subjected To Conversion Therapy, Report Finds

  • @-OP – The report also estimates that 20,000 LGBTQ youths
    currently between the ages of 13 and 17
    will be subjected to conversion therapy from a licensed health care professional before they turn 18.
    An additional 57,000 will be subjected to the controversial practice from a religious or spiritual adviser before age 18.

    There seem to be limitless numbers gullible Americans who prefer to believe the spurious claims of quackery, rather than the medical science which quacks disparage!

    https://www.nutraceuticalsworld.com/issues/2013-07/view_industry-news/us-sales-of-homeopathic-herbal-remedies-reach-64-billion

    U.S. retail sales of homeopathic and herbal remedies reached $6.4 billion in 2012, up almost 3% from 2011, and growing 16% over the past five years, according to Chicago, IL-based market research firm Mintel.

    Today 30% of respondents who suffered from an ailment within the past year claim to have used a homeopathic or herbal remedy to treat it. And there is more good news for the homeopathic and herbal remedies sector, as Mintel forecasted sales to increase to $7.5 billion by 2017 as more Americans become proactive about their health. Further growth is fueled by availability of these products in mass retailers.

    “Recalls of traditional OTC (over-the-counter) remedies, a holistic approach to health and more availability in traditional retailers all helped to fuel growth in this market,” said Emily Krol, health and wellness analyst at Mintel.
    “The sector is primed for continued success as U.S. consumers increasingly seek products that are natural and organic, particularly as it relates to healthcare.
    This is especially true for families with small children as many OTC medications are unsafe for children under the age of two.

    .. and as anyone with an education and brains knows, people who listen to doctors, and read medicine labels and instruction leaflets, don’t give unsuitable medicines to under 2s! – **But then they don’t give useless or untested quack remedies, to under 2s either!



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  • @OP – Despite widespread opposition from medical and mental health organizations,
    tens of thousands of LGBTQ youth in the U.S.
    will be subjected to anti-gay “conversion therapy” during their lifetime,
    a new report estimates.

    Meanwhile – back in Britain, the delusional ignorant are whinging as usual:-

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42974961

    A row has broken out over the screening of a film that advocates therapy to “cure” people from being gay.

    Christian group Core Issues Trust had hired a screen at Vue Piccadilly, London, to show the film “Voices of the Silenced” on Thursday.

    The documentary tells the stories of 15 people “emerging out of homosexual lifestyles” and aims to “preserve and promote teachings on sexual ethics”.

    But Vue cancelled the booking after the event drew criticism.

    According to Vue, Core Issues Trust – which made the film – first reserved the space at the end of November as a “personal booking”.

    The film was received by the cinema on 22 January, but when a press release was sent to the company on Tuesday it decided to “review the intentions of the event.”

    A spokeswoman for the cinema said: “While it is not our intention to censor content, in some instances, where we feel an activity is in direct contradiction to Vue’s values, a decision will be made to refrain from allowing a private event to go ahead.”

    Ah! Values like scientific evidence, integrity and honesty!

    Core Issues Trust is now seeking advice from lawyers, and told the BBC it had 126 people attending the event from across the UK and other countries, including the Netherlands.

    The group promotes “change-oriented processes” for “relationally and sexually damaged and wounded adults who seek wholeness”.

    Perhaps it should seek medical evidence, rational thinking, and delusion-free viewpoints, with education and treatment for the bigoted ignorant!

    It describes itself on its website as “a spiritual home… for believers and seekers who struggle with issues of sexual brokenness, including homosexuality”.

    Members of the LGBT community say the organisation’s teachings are “unethical”.

    A spokesperson for campaign group Stonewall said: “It’s disappointing that Vue Piccadilly would consider screening a documentary about so-called ‘conversion therapy’.

    “LGBT people aren’t ill. Being gay, lesbian, bi or trans is not something that should be ‘cured’ or changed.

    “This unethical and degrading practice has been condemned by all major UK health organisations.
    It’s shocking that Vue Piccadilly initially viewed this as a suitable film to screen.”

    There is an ironical justice in the bigoted anti-gay, pseudoscientific noisy babble of the “Voices of the Silenced” – being silenced in the interests of public broadcasting integrity!

    No doubt, the “Voices of the Silenced” would-be quack therapists, will try to play the poor little religious martyrs as usual!



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