Friday, March 27, 2009

Study Finds Shrinks Still try to “Cure” Gays

Of course the study was not in Africa... Sniff. In Africa, homosexuals are supposed to be cured.

ex-gay therapy. Conversion treatment. 

Why the interest? Scott Lively mercifully offered ‘gay cures’ to Ugandan gays, in place of life imprisonment. He seemed very ‘rational’ to Ugandans. He has a cure for homosexuality. And he was pedalling it, in his best selling books. But does his cure work?

Well, first remember that the World Health Organisation says homosexuality is no disease or disorder. Remember that this is since 1994. It has been removed from the Diagnostic Statistical Manual 4 and the International Classification of Disease- 10. (I am showing off, of course!)

Also remember that President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, and his medic Health Minister believed that HIV was not the cause of AIDS. And that beetroot and garlic could cure AIDS.

What is the commonality in all this?

Scott Lively, like Thabo Mbeki and his Health Minister are a fringe group that believes a different version of the truth. Their own truth. Scientific and popular proofs may show something else. Indeed, they show an opposite point of view. But for some reason, these people BELIEVE, and their belief triumphs everything else.

Scott Lively would never have been able to sell his belief in his own country. USA. But in poor Uganda, he sold it as truth. As fact. Reality.

And of course when I protest that that is not truth, he flings back at me; I am of a reprobate mind, a homosexual so mired in sin that I don’t want to change.

Well, here is some peer reviewed material. If you dare whine that it is not ‘African’ I will dare you not to take any ‘western medicine’ for your next bout of malaria. Not even a panadol. Okay? It is not African after all. We will be quits, you and I.




March 26, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A study just published today by BMC Psychiatry, an open access journal for mental health professionals, based in the UK, disturbingly found that a significant minority of practicing psychiatrists and therapists still try to “cure” their homosexuals patients.

Researchers from the University College of London and St George’s, University of London, snail-mailed out questionnaires to over 1,400 mental health professionals, posing the question; of whether they would attempt to change a client’s sexual orientation if requested. A surprising 17 percent admitted to trying to “treat” homosexuality with therapy, despite the mental health profession finding such treatments ineffective and substantially harmful.

In response to the significant number of health professionals treating gay patients as if they have a disease that can be cured with therapy, the researchers launched a new website to chronicle the stories of gay patients who have been subjected to this quackery. Many of therapists who attempted to cure gay patients had negative feelings towards homosexuality, thinking it perverse and against God.

In other words, some health professionals are using discredited therapies that are widely known to hurt rather than help their patients. They are breaking their medical oaths of “do no harm,” because of their own religious or cultural feelings towards homosexuality.

The researchers want to raise awareness about the dangers and harm caused by so-called homosexuality treatments. Researchers say competent mental health professionals should value their gay patients as people, help them adjust to their situation, and help them see that there is nothing pathological about their sexual orientation.

Gay right’s activists are pleased that the researchers are making it clear, to health practitioners, that homosexual cures are widely discredited, misguided and do real harm to their patients.


Another Review of it from Eureka

Therapists still offering treatments for homosexuality despite lack of evidence

A significant minority of psychiatrists and therapists are still attempting to help lesbian, gay and bisexual clients become heterosexual despite lack of evidence that such treatment is beneficial or even safe, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The research, published today in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry, coincides with the launch of the website The website gathers together oral histories from lesbian, gay and bisexual people who have undergone treatment as well as from professionals who developed and conducted such treatments.

Researchers from UCL (University College London) and St George's, University of London, question over 1,400 mental health professionals on whether they would attempt to change a client's sexual orientation if requested. Although only one in twenty-five (4%) said that they would do so, one in six (17%) reported having assisted at least one client to reduce their gay or lesbian feelings, usually through therapy. Therapists were also asked in what year they had conducted such therapy and there was no sign of a decrease in recent times.

"There is very little evidence to show that attempting to treat a person's homosexual feelings is effective and in fact it can actually be harmful," says Professor Michael King from UCL. "So it is surprising that a significant minority of practitioners still offer this help to their clients."

Professor King and colleagues found that a number of reasons were given by the psychiatrists and therapists for offering assistance, ranging from the counsellor's own moral and religious views about homosexuality through to a desire to help patients who were stressed by discrimination. There was also a degree of ignorance about the lack of evidence surrounding such the efficacy of such therapies – in particular, that no randomised control trials have ever been conducted that show that the therapies are effective.

Comments from the counsellors who offered assistance included:

"Where someone had a strong faith, then working to help the person accept their feelings but manage them appropriately may be the best approach if [the] person felt they would lose God and therefore their life was not worth living."

"The individuals I have worked with have all been very unhappy about their sexuality and wish they were heterosexual. This has been because of responses from friends, family and the local community – which outside London is still very homophobic."

"Children and young adults are more likely to be confused about their sexuality and to jump to conclusions (correct or otherwise) if unable to talk through their concerns."

"Although homosexual feelings are usual in people, their physical expression, and being a person's only way of having sexual relations is problematic. The physical act for male homosexuals is physically damaging and is the main reason in this country for AIDS/HIV. It is also perverse."

Professor King believes that it is important to raise awareness amongst both therapists and the wider public about homosexuality and its so-called treatments.

"The best approach is to help people adjust to their situation, to value them as people and show them that there is nothing whatever pathological about their sexual orientation," he says. "Both mental health practitioners and society at large must help them to confront prejudice in themselves and in others."

The researchers have launched a new website,, which aims to help raise awareness and collect oral histories from both mental health practitioners and the people they have treated.

Commenting on the research, Derek Munn, Director of Public Affairs at the gay and lesbian equality organisation Stonewall, says: "So-called gay cure therapies are wholly discredited. The conclusions of this research are a welcome reminder that what lesbian and gay people need is equal treatment by society, not misguided treatment by a minority of health professionals."

And the Study Abstract is here

And, you can even get the Provisional pdf.


Anonymous said...

What's in it for you GUG? Offunira wa? Ani akusasula okubera spokesman oba PR manager wa balya ebisiyaga? How does it build you? Oguze mu ettaka oba ozimbye mu enyumba?

gayuganda said...

Dear Kakande,

actually, silina wenfunira.

It is back breaking work. I have to put aside my time, to steal time from income generating activities, to do what I do.

It is a passion. A calling.

Why do I do it?
Once upon a time I was scared of what I am. When I realised that I am normal, I was very suprised. When I realised that my world does not accept me because it is ignorant of what being gay means, I was energised.

I am rewarded when a person like you starts asking that question. When you stop believing people who say that we simply get money for being gay.

You know, it is ridiculous. It is so hard being gay in Uganda that when a person tells me that I am gay because somehow I get money, I feel morb insulted.

But there it is.

I am gay.

And I know I am normal.

What I get out of my activism is a self realisation that beats the lies, the pain, the despair, the self condemnation which I once had. I am not perfect. But I know that my love and my lover do not need to be condemned for what we both know is love.

That is my reward. Ultimately. Not the non-existent money, etc.

That is the unadultered truth.


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