President Obama, the Therapist in Chief, will call for ending ‘Conversion Therapy’ or as the LGBT community likes to call, “Pray Gay Away” but it is also known as Reparative therapy or Reorientation therapy.
Interestingly, the New York Times and NBC seem to be the first media outlets to have the heads-up on Obama’s forthcoming announcement. Obama will call for an end to psychotherapies aimed at “repairing” gay, lesbian and transgender youth.
The White House responded to a petition on WhiteHouse.gov
“Tonight, somewhere in America, a young person, let’s say a young man, will struggle to fall to sleep, wrestling alone with a secret he’s held as long as he can remember. Soon, perhaps, he will decide it’s time to let that secret out. What happens next depends on him, his family, as well as his friends and his teachers and his community. But it also depends on us — on the kind of society we engender, the kind of future we build.”— President Barack Obama
While that statement by the President sounded nice and most can agree, Valerie Jarrett ( The Woman who called being gay a lifestyle CHOICE) added:
Conversion therapy generally refers to any practices by mental health providers that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Often, this practice is used on minors, who lack the legal authority to make their own medical and mental health decisions. We share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer youth.
When assessing the validity of conversion therapy, or other practices that seek to change an individual’s gender identity or sexual orientation, it is as imperative to seek guidance from certified medical experts. The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm.
As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.
While the petition was directed toward youths, It is another example of the Obama Administration cutting away at the First Amendment and Religious liberty.
We are interested in your views on Conversion Therapy (AKA Reparative, Reorientation, or Pray gay away therapies) please comment below.
- American Psychological Association: Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth
- Conversion Therapy Revisited:Parameters And Rationale For Ethical Care
- Healing Homosexuality:Case Stories of Reparative Therapy
- Congressman’s Gay Son Touts Benefit From Reparative Therapy