Resolution 18-302

Submitted by: MSV Medical Student Section

WHEREAS,       conversion therapy, which aims to change a person’s sexual orientation, has no substantial evidence-based research which demonstrates its efficacy at reducing same-sex attraction or increasing other-sex attraction, and1

WHEREAS,       as of January 2018, almost 350,000 adolescents have received conversion therapy and an estimated 20,000 more current adolescents will receive conversion therapy from a licensed health care professional before age 18, and2

WHEREAS,       homosexuality is not a mental disorder and was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in 1973, and3

WHEREAS,       the American Psychiatric Association has shown that conversion therapy increases the risk of depression, guilt, helplessness, suicidality, substance abuse, and high risk sexual behaviors, among others, in LGBTQ youth, and4

WHEREAS,       numerous medical societies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, and American Psychiatric Association oppose the use of conversion therapy, and5

WHEREAS,       as of October 2018, 13 states (New Jersey, California, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Nevada, Washington, Hawaii, Delaware, and Maryland) and the District of Columbia have banned the use of conversion therapy by licensed professionals for those under age 18, therefore be it6

RESOLVED,     that the MSV oppose the use of conversion therapy or any similar practice, including but not limited to reparative therapy, ex-gay therapy, or sexual orientation change efforts, in those under age 18 by health care providers, and let it be further

RESOLVED,     that the MSV support legislation that bans conversion therapy use, and let it be further

RESOLVED,     that the MSV advocate for resources aimed at supporting LGBTQ youth to promote self and social acceptance.

 

1https://www.hrc.org/resources/the-lies-and-dangers-of-reparative-therapy

2https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/Conversion-The...

3https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4695779/

4http://www.nclrights.org/bornperfect-laws-legislation-by-state/

5https://www.hrc.org/resources/policy-and-position-statements-on-conversi...

6http://www.nclrights.org/bornperfect-laws-legislation-by-state/

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Wonderful! Please support this! 

 

Kathryn Maloy MD, MPH FACOG 

Alexandria, VA 

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