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Survey -- Homophobic Therapies: Documenting the Damage

Did you know that counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists still attempt to treat homosexuality as a disorder?

Did you know that currently there is an organized association of psychologists/psychiatrists who meet yearly to develop new conversion treatments for homosexuality?

Did you know that countless gay recovery programs exist through the United States, yet these programs refuse to publish their data on treatment outcomes?

We are currently attempting to research the outcomes of these so-called treatments of the so-called disorder of homosexuality. Our purpose is to document the damage which we believe occurs when a gay or lesbian client encounters psychological help from a homophobic treatment program or provider. Despite the American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association's stance that homosexuality is not a disorder, there continue to be professionals and organizations who foster the belief that homosexuality is a learned and reparable emotional illness.

You can help make this research possible. If you know of any individuals who have experienced such a program and are willing to talk about it anonymously and confidentially, please refer them to our project. We can interview them either in person or by telephone.

You can be of help in the long process of getting the message out that these conversion therapies don't work and do the opposite of healing by informing your l/g/b communities of our search for participants to be interviewed. Please announce our project in any upcoming lesbian and gay community meetings and spread the word. Help us document the damage!

Drs. Michael Schroeder & Ariel Shidlo, Co-Researchers
412 6th Avenue, Suite 602
New York, NY 10011
(212) 353-2558
gayconvert@aol.com


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