Conversion Therapy In Mike Pence

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As Mike Pence prepares to take office as Vice President, the LGBTQ+ community awaits the many difficulties he may pose for their fight for equality, especially considering his stance on conversion therapy for homosexuals. Despite United States Surgeon General David Satcher issuing a report in 2001 stating that there is no valid scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be modified or changed with medical or psychological intervention, Mike Pence has involved himself in supporting efforts that seem to be linked to conversion, or “reparative,” therapy.
Fighting conversion therapy is nothing new to the LGBTQ+ community. Since the early Freudian period, many have attempted to change sexual orientations to fit hegemonic standards of the corresponding time periods. Some older techniques, many of which considered torturous in today’s society, include transplanting testicles from straight men into gay men, ice-pick lobotomies, chemical castration utilizing hormonal treatment, electroshock treatment, and masturbatory reconditioning. More recent clinical techniques employed include counseling, visualization, social skills training, psychoanalytic therapy, and spiritual
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These are more commonly associated with the ex-gay movement, but are perhaps the more well-known organizations focusing on such causes. Such organizations include NARTH (National Associaton for Research and Therapy of Homoseuxals), JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality), Love in Action/Restoration Path, Joel 2:25 International for Catholic and Protestant Christians and OneByOne for Presbyterians, in addition many other religiously affiliated groups. Homosexuals Anonymous is modeled after the Alcoholics Anonymous twelve-step program, and other ex-gay organizations include Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and

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