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Conversion therapy is any attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression using psychological or spiritual interventions. using psychological or spiritual interventions. It is also known as “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Change Efforts” (SOGICE).
It may also be referred to using terms like:
The American Psychological Association states that harassment and abuse, as well as pressure from family, peers, and religious groups ignorant about and prejudiced against homosexuality, may cause high levels of emotional stress for LGBTQIA+ people. These pressures may lead people to feel forced into attempting to change their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Such practices have been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades, but due to continuing discrimination and societal bias against LGBTQIA+ people, some practitioners continue to conduct such practices.
(Source: Human Rights Campaign)
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