Treatments aimed to change ones sexual orientation. Also known as “Conversion Therapy”, Reparative Therapy is most commonly run by fundamentalist religious groups. This practice has been condemned by the American Psychiatric Association for it’s fundamental assumption that homosexuality is a mental disorder. For the past forty years studies have found this practice to be ineffective and even harmful to those who take part in it, many of whom are teens placed in the programs by their parents. Many patience leave worse off then when they started treatments due to the great amounts of shame and pressure the practice promotes. Many cases of mental disorders and suicides have been found to be caused by reparative therapy.
Recent plans to make this practice illegal have been rejected by the state.