Essay about Conversion Therapy And Its Effects On The Lgbtq Community

1218 Words Dec 17th, 2016 5 Pages
About 30 years ago, homosexuality was declassified as a mental disorder. It would be assumed that treatments for to change homosexuality would end. However, conversion therapy is still being used today, even our future Vice President, Mike Pence, believes in such treatment. That alone is a huge threat to people of the LGBTQ+ community.
Conversion therapy is affecting the LGBTQ+ community greatly. Conversion therapy can be defined as “psychological interventions, from behavioral methods to psychoanalytic approaches” to change a person’s sexuality or gender identity (Hadelman, pg. 202, 2002). This treatment has been proven to not work as well as having harmful implications to LGBTQ+ people. In 1960, the conversion therapy movement began in the works of Irving Bieber and Charles Socarides. This is based off of the assumption that homosexuality was “pathological and susceptible to change” (Baxter, pg. 1, 2015). In 1973, the movement came to a halt when the American Psychiatric Association decided to remove homosexuality as an illness (Baxter, pg. 1, 2015).
Then, in the 1980s, the movement was furthered by Elizabeth Moberly who proposed that “all people would develop as heterosexuals unless they suffered a real or perceived rejection from their same gender parent during early childhood, leading to a “defensive detachment” (Baxter, pg. 1, 2004). In turn, this movement then stated that homosexuality would be an attempt to repair the developmental deficit (Baxter, pg. 1, 2015).…

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