Letter: Anti-gay conversion therapy a vestige of medieval thought

Anti-gay practice a medieval vestige

To the editor:

On Feb. 15, The Eagle published a Letter to the Editor titled "Gay conversion therapy has worked for many." The letter cited no science and no authority for its extremely dubious and offensive thesis that you could somehow convert a homosexual from an "unwanted sexual attraction" to the "correct" one. What proof was offered in the letter? It rested solely on an anecdote of one individual who was allegedly saved from being gay.

This ambitious letter managed to not only contradict science, but also common sense, dignity, and freedom. I only recommend to the writer (and anyone persuaded by the letter) to just glance at the long, embarrassing and shameful history of gay conversion therapy.

Not only is the conversion therapy ineffective, it is sometimes harmful. The American Psychological Association, the largest association of psychologists in the U.S., has consistently found that conversion therapy is totally ineffective. That's right, even an organization willing to endorse and advise our government on the use of torture techniques in Guantanamo Bay thinks that conversion therapy is ineffective.

The idea that homosexuals need to be cured is medieval. It belongs in centuries past, with exorcisms, vagabond pickpockets, bloodletting, phrenology, and animal criminal trials.

Rich Herbert, Pittsfield


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