On June 27, 2014, the American Counseling Association (ACA) released a testimony regarding B20-501. On the same day, a hearing on B20-501 was held by the DC Council. What exactly is B20-501, anyway? It is a bill prohibiting “conversion therapy” from being used on minors. Conversion therapy is also known as “reparative treatment”.
Reparative treatment is focused on “treating” lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBT) through aversion therapy. Even though I’m not even an American, I fully support B20-501. Today, approximately 64 years after its initial implementation in the 1950s, reparative treatment has not been proven effective in any way.
In 2004, Smith, Bartlett, and King published an article in the British Medical Journal, documenting the experiences of reparative treatment patients. None of the participants felt that they had benefited in any way from the treatment.
The treatment used electric shocks and apomorphine-induced nausea as “punishments”. After being presented with with homosexual pornography, patients were “punished” so that they would learn to associate homosexual acts with discomfort. As a result of the apomorphine-induced nausea, several patients had to be hospitalised for its lethal side effects – some of which died. Patients also went through oestrogen therapy, religious counselling, electroconvulsive therapy, and psychoanalysis.
In conclusion, I find reparative treatment barbaric. It is based on the false notion that homosexuality is a mental condition, and should be abolished worldwide.
Read more about reparative treatment:
– Dr. Spitzer, a man who dedicated his entire life to curing homosexuality, issues a formal apology to the gay community in 2012. (read the leaked letter here)
–“Ex-gay” leader John Paulk apologises for involvement in reparative treatment