Where is the evidence that ‘conversion therapy’ is harmful?

Feb 4, 2022 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet:

An American sociologist crunched the numbers and came up with surprising conclusions.

Fifty-five-year-old Chris Butler told the BBC yesterday that he had suffered years of trauma after “gay conversion therapy” when he was 19. Church elders handed him over to men who pinned him to the floor, placed a huge Bible on his head, and performed an exorcism.

Mr Butler says that it took him 12 years to recover from the ordeal.

Stories like these are flooding the zone in the English and Scottish press at the moment because Westminster, in London, and Holyrood, in Edinburgh, are both determined to legislate for comprehensive bans on “conversion therapy”.

“We are committed to building a society in which conversion therapy no longer takes place,” says the UK Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss.

Whether or not “conversion therapy” bans are necessary, there’s no denying that for legislators around the world, they are catnip.

[…]  Just two small problems.

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