RPT-U.S. report calls for end to 'conversion therapy' for LGBT youth

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By Andrew M. Seaman

Oct 15 - (Reuters Health) - A new report from the U.S. government calls for an end to the discredited practice known as conversion therapy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youths.

The report released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) comes less than a year after the Obama administration endorsed efforts to ban the practice, which aims to change a person's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

"Conversion therapies or other efforts to change sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression are not effective, reinforce harmful gender stereotypes and are not appropriate mental health treatments," said SAMHSA Special Expert on LGBT Affairs Elliot Kennedy.

Instead, the report says, these youngsters should "be supported in their right to explore, define, and articulate their own identity."

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/15/health-lgbt-conversion-idUSL1N12F1GZ20151015

 

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