Opposing sexual conversion therapies

The Society published a position statement today, 15 January 2013,  that opposes any psychological, psychotherapeutic or counselling treatments or interventions (often referred to as ‘reparative’ or ‘conversion’ therapies) that view same-sex sexual orientations (including lesbian, gay, bisexual and all other non-heterosexual sexual orientations) as diagnosable illnesses.

The statement, ‘Therapies attempting to change sexual orientation’ prepared by the Society’s Psychology of Sexualities (PoS) Section, details the Society’s belief that people of same-sex sexual orientations should be regarded as equal members of society with the same rights and responsibilities.

Dr Lyndsey Moon, Chair of the Society’s PoS Section said: “This includes freedom from harassment or discrimination in any sphere, and a right to protection from therapies that are potentially damaging, particularly those that purport to change or ‘convert’ sexual orientation. We believe that people of all genders and identities should be regarded as equal members of society and protected from potentially damaging therapies and pathologising.”

A full copy of ‘Therapies attempting to change sexual orientation’ can be found on the website.

For best practice guidelines on working therapeutically with sexual and gender minorities, please refer to the Society’s Guidelines and Literature Review for Psychologists Working Therapeutically with Sexual and Gender Minority Clients (BPS, 2012).

For more information about the PoS Section please visit their website.