Gay conversion therapy is wrong! You are trying to force a person into believing their feelings are wrong and they should be ashamed. There is nothing wrong with being gay. As long as you are a good person and you follow the law, you are no different that any other man or woman. Trying to change them is a violation of their rights.
Conversion therapy is taking away the rights of the people who they are "treating" Conversion therapy is like electroshock therapy in the past is does more harm and does not change anything. From what I read about these places they are borderline torture camps.
Face it these places are just a snake oil to desperate people who can't see beyond themselves and what they believe is "normal" acceptable behavior. You can't make a zebra charge its stripes- just hide them.
The entire concept of conversion therapy is based on the assumption that a) homosexuality is a disease or disorder and b) heterosexuality is superior or more 'correct'. Many, if not all, of the 'treatments' used are harmful and abusive. Aversion therapy is or was a common tactic -- this is where patients are forced to watch gay porn and other homoerotic material at the same time as electric shocks are applied to their hands or genitals, or while they have been forced to ingest nausea-inducing medication. Another more common method is 'reparative therapy', which forces patients to participate in stereotypically gendered behavior (i.E., making gay men play football and dissuading them from doing things associated with homosexual men, like going to art museums). All that any of these therapies accomplish are to cause shame in the patient and further stigmatize homosexuality.
The headline says it all basically. If a parent discovers that their child is gay or lesbian and decides to send it to a therapy in a bid to cure their child's "confusing disease" - that's a total violation of the child's access to human rights to decide whatever the child want for their life. How would YOU feel if a parent, friend or a society didn't accept who you are (in general) and condemns you to be sent to a therapy to "fix" you?
Tactics such as shock torture and emotional abuse are used. No one should have to go through something like that. It's a horrible thing and lots of minors involved are forced by parents and told that THEY are in the wrong, not their torturers. That's a horrible world of victim blaming we live in.
The kind of people who are seeking out gay conversion therapy are vulnerable lonely confused and are lacking self assurance and self confidence. It should be illegal to prey on someones weakness. This is like pro ana sites to an anoerexic! Do we really live in such an ignorant society?
Of course such therapy would cost the participant a significant amount of money. To label something as "gay conversion therapy" implies that there is something seriously wrong with being homosexual. Such an implication is beyond inhumane and can have unprecedented effects on the people in question. Homosexuality is not a disease, just as any form of sexual orientation is not a disease. If someone wants to "stop being gay," they need to go to a real counselor and face the issue in that way.
If a homosexual doesn't want to be gay, then good, they should see some kind of therapy. What about people with depression? Should they not be allowed to get therapy? Why should they? I think anyone who wants help with some kind of emotional problem should be allowed to get therapy.
First, I don't believe gay conversion therapy is ever necessary, or even effective. However, I don't feel that it should be banned. This is because I think adults who feel that they could be 'converted' should be able to seek such therapies if they so desire. I do however feel that no one should legally be able to be forced to attend gay conversion therapy, including children.
Are you serious? Yeah, I agree that conversion therapy is unnecessary and isn't even proven to work. But for fack's sake why would you go as far as to ban it? That's just unnecessary treading on our freedoms. If I want to make a gay conversion therapy then Ishould be able to! Of course I will most likely go out of business but that's my own fault. I should have the right to be able to make that kind of therapy.
I personally despise gay conversion therapy with a passion. There is little to no credible research saying it works; rather, it often does more harm than good. However, a key facet of my own philosophy is that nothing should be banned, not even those activities I find absolutely disgusting and dangerous, as long as all sides directly involved consent to the activity (murder, rape, theft, and assault, among other crimes, should be banned, of course).
Each person is his or her own best regulator, and hopefully, they would realize that "praying away the gay" or whatever just doesn't work. Still, some people truly believe that curing themselves of their homosexuality is the only way to go, and others want to help them with it or make money by doing it (often both). If the client truly wants to undergo this therapy, and there are others willing to administer it, then so be it. Just as long as the client understands what is going on, can leave at any time, and is in no way forced to go or stay by anyone other than the client himself or herself.
If you are gay and you decide that you want to be heterosexual for whatever reasons (religious, practical etc.) then they should have a right to try to change if they want to. And the same is true for those who are straight and decide they want to be homosexual. If they want to, they should have the right and freedom to try anything to change their lifestyle that they are unhappy with, which include sexual reorientation therapy. There is absolutely no reason to ban these, whether they work or not.
While I believe that gay conversion is a waste of time and doesn't work, I'm all for adults doing whatever the hell they want. Note that I said adults, as there is too much risk of a minor being forced into it by their parents. To be brutally honest, the day you become an adult is the day I no longer care for your well being, and if you really want to waste your time such a ridiculous program, then so be it.