Tutt Library Research Guides
For more than a quarter-century, the major professional associations of mental health practitioners and researchers in the United States have recognized that homosexuality is not a mental illness. They are highly critical of attempts to change sexual orientation. The American Psychiatric Association's official web site notes that: "There is no published scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of 'reparative therapy' as a treatment to change one’s sexual orientation, nor is it included in the APA's Task Force Report, Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders.
Curious about Ex-Gay philosophies or testmonials? Here's where to look:
"I love church and the feelings it brings out, but it's like a line from the play: "How do you embrace something that doesn't embrace you?" How do you separate spirituality from religion? I still haven't really worked that out in my life. There's a couple of break-up scenes in the play, but none is as painful as breaking with the church."
Playright Del Shores, excerpt from interview in Creative Loafing
April 11, 2007
On 26 September 2013, leaders from the UN's core group of countries working to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people met in New York for the first-ever ministerial meeting at the UN on LGBT rights. Here, Free & Equal -- the unprecedented UN public information campaign for LGBT equality -- captures strong statements by several attendees, who included the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the U.S. Secretary of State, the Argentine, Brazilian, Croatian, Dutch and Norwegian foreign ministers, the French Minister of Development Cooperation, senior officials from the European Union, Japan and New Zealand, and the directors of Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.