What Is Gay Conversion Therapy?

What Is Gay Conversion Therapy?

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Recently, Eric Cartman has made his way into the white house, winning our very clearly democratic election. Although happy news for the overtly ignorant and aggressive, the rest of The United States is shaking with guilt. As though electing a petulant, fear mongering flaccid penis was not bad enough, Trump and his VP-elect have strong beliefs in a range of inhumanities. Trump's VP-elect is a strong believer in Gay Conversion Therapy.

But what’s most disturbing is Pence’s years of advocacy for conversion therapy, the insidious “treatment” that abuses LGBT adults and youth to supposedly eliminate or dramatically reduce their attraction to the same sex or their desire to express a different gender from the gender they were born with.

What is it?

Gay Conversion Therapy is a supposed treatment to convert homosexual and bisexual orientations into heterosexual ones. There is absolutely no scientific evidence or supporting research to show any validity in the "therapy", actually torture, as many techniques require forced masturbation while watching heterosexual stimuli, or given foul food or drink while watching homosexual or bisexual stimuli to ensure nausea.

Historically, psychologists used tactics such as aversion therapy — a method reminiscent of the one used in "A Clockwork Orange." In aversion therapy, gay people were exposed to a negative stimulus (such as being shocked, given nausea drugs or imagining such exposures) while viewing same-sex erotic material. A few studies found this could dampen sexual responsiveness to same-sex erotica but did nothing to change sexual orientation, according to "Homosexuality: Research Implications for Public Policy" (Sage Publications Inc., 1991).

However, there was one man who supported this inhumane treatment, Sigmund Freud. The same man who believed that you have built up sexual tensions towards your parents, of course exhibiting solely heterosexuality within this instances, and believed homosexuality could be erased from a person. A person's individuality, orientation, self, could be erased from a person; in other words, a part of you can be washed away, because that there genitalia mingling with another male genitalia, well Doug, I just won't be having these here gays be tainting our land. Jesus did not walk that there desert with these here homosexuals.

"Clinicians should be aware that there is no evidence that sexual orientation can be altered through therapy, and that attempts to do so may be harmful. There is no empirical evidence adult homosexuality can be prevented if gender nonconforming children are influenced to be more gender conforming. Indeed, there is no medically valid basis for attempting to prevent homosexuality, which is not an illness. On the contrary, such efforts may encourage family rejection and undermine self-esteem, connectedness and caring, important protective factors against suicidal ideation and attempts. Given that there is no evidence that efforts to alter sexual orientation are effective, beneficial or necessary, and the possibility that they carry the risk of significant harm, such interventions are contraindicated."-American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry

How could people support such torture?

Like Mike Pence, Trump, and many of his supporters, societal prejudice and constructs have restrained their ability to critically asses the world around them, as they each have fallacious values and ideals instilled within their thinking processes and hearts.

The American Psychological Association, The American Medical Association, and 11 other major medical organizations reject conversion therapy because they don’t believe that there is a disorder to “fix,” they don’t believe one can actually change orientation or gender identity and that attempting doing so is dangerous and harmful, particularly to LGBT youth.

As our early American history was founded on religious delusion and slaughter, they believed what they did and executed consistent actions to please God. There was absolutely no room for coincidences within Puritan or Jesuit society, everything was supernatural, meaning either Satan or God. Unfortunately, to 2016 standards, their supposed Christian way of life, was almost anything but. Whether it be the term "Black face" to refer to Native Americans as being demonic, or condemning homosexuality as a sin in which would curse entire towns, they held some pretty inauthentic beliefs. However, due to their founding, we have held a long list of strange and heinous beliefs within American culture towards those we view as the other. Inauthentic beliefs and values, now cause people, even today to become genuinely upset and uncomfortable with the presence or actions of the other.

One can be understanding to how ignorance first entered our country like the plague, however to justify it's consistent birthing rate within the time of technology is absolutely beyond my realm of comprehension.

"Psychotherapeutic modalities to convert or 'repair' homosexuality are based on developmental theories whose scientific validity is questionable. Furthermore, anecdotal reports of "cures" are counterbalanced by anecdotal claims of psychological harm. In the last four decades, "reparative" therapists have not produced any rigorous scientific research to substantiate their claims of cure. Until there is such research available, [the American Psychiatric Association] recommends that ethical practitioners refrain from attempts to change individuals' sexual orientation, keeping in mind the medical dictum to first, do no harm.

What can we do about it?

So only 5 states have banned the use of gay conversion therapy on minors, meaning in 45 states it is legal to force a child to endure unethical, inhumane treatment for their sexual orientation. Starting on a state-wide scale, absolutely every state needs to ban the use of gay conversion therapy within minors, as the forceful practice has scientific evidence proving it's rather damaging effects.

The APA report also revealed some evidence that gay conversion therapies increased the risk of negative outcomes, including loss of sexual feeling, anxiety, depression and suicidal feelings. In early aversive-therapy techniques, many people dropped out of treatment, the report found. High dropout rates can be an indication that many people found the treatment too harmful to continue.

On a national level, we can push for the torture itself to be recognized as both inhumane and unconstitutional, protecting the well being of the otherwise millions whom are often forced into the therapy, by introducing a nation-wide ban on the practice. Re-enforcing and re-proposing Leelah's Law is necessary on fighting Trump and Pence's enforcement of torture.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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A Little Skepticism Goes A Long Way

Be informed citizens and verify what you see and hear.


These days more than ever before we are being bombarded constantly by a lot of news and information, a considerable amount of which is inaccurate. Sometimes there's an agenda behind it to mislead people and other times its just rumors or distortion of the facts. So, how do you sift through all this and get accurate information? How can you avoid being misled or brainwashed?

This is an important topic because the decisions each of us make can affect others. And if you are a responsible citizen your decisions can affect large numbers of people, hopefully positively, but negatively as well.

It's been said that common sense is not something that can be taught, but I am going to disagree. I think with the right training, teaching the fundamentals behind common sense can get people to have a better sense of what it is and start practicing it. All you will need is to improve your general knowledge and gain some experience, college is a good place for that, then add a little skepticism and you are on your way to start making sensible decisions.

One of the fundamental things to remember is not to believe a statement at face value, you must first verify. Even if you believe it's from a trusted source, they may have gotten their info from a questionable one. There's a saying that journalists like to use: "if your mother said, 'I love you' you should verify it.'" While this is taking it a bit too far, you get the idea.

If you feel that something is not adding up, or doesn't make sense then you are probably right. This is all the more reason to check something out further. In the past, if someone showed a picture or video of something that was sufficient proof. But nowadays with so many videos and picture editing software, it would have to go through more verification to prove its authenticity. That's not the case with everything but that's something that often needs to be done.

One way of checking if something sounds fishy is to look at all the parties involved and what do they have to gain and lose. This sometimes is easier to use when you're dealing with a politics-related issue, but it can work for other things where more than one person/group is involved. For example, most people and countries as well will not do something that is self-destructive, so if one party is accusing the other of doing something self-destructive or disadvantageous then it's likely that there is something inaccurate about the account. Perhaps the accusing party is setting the other one up or trying to gain some praise they don't deserve.

A lot of times all it takes is a little skepticism and some digging to get to the truth. So please don't be that one which retweets rumors or helps spread misinformation. Verify before you report it.


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