Please prohibit or ban ‘gay panic’ defense , so-called conversion therapy from gay to straight and bullying of gay people everywhere

By Junior Mayema,

First of all , i am gonna start with conversion therapy, homosexuality was removed among the classifications of mental illness by the world health organization try to read this PDF to know the scientific truth or datas of . gender identity, and homosexuality in itself that is no longer included as a category:

http://www.who.int/classifications/icd/en/bluebook.pdf

And there are so many other links that clarify that being gay is not mental illness down here:

http://news.sciencemag.org/brain-behavior/2014/07/no-scientific-basis-gay-specific-mental-disorders-who-panel-concludes

Proposed declassification of disease categories related to
sexual orientation in the International Statistical
Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-
11)

http://news.sciencemag.org/sites/default/files/CochranWHO.pdf

Even China recently a court ruled against gay conversion therapy, yet here in the United States the majority of states still practice that here is a link:

China: Gays No Longer ‘Mentally Ill’

http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=81415

we need to ask ourself why conversion therapy of gay people is still rampant these days here in THE United States, well the main reason is deeply held religious beliefs of some religious extremists who think or believe that gay people are demons possessed and must be put to death or undergo a torture named conversion therapy , religious irrational and unfounded  deeply held beliefs is  causing bullying of gay children in Schools and conversion therapy and gay panic defense in murder cases, where people say i killed this person because he was making sexual advances towards me or wanted to turn me gay, we all know that it is so unfounded and irrational, even straight people make sexual advance on gay people, the worse part is the majority of gay people are forced to marry straight people or face so-called corrective rape that are being committed in South Africa where i was refugee transiting to come here in the United states

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrective_rape

and most of case corrective rape is practiced by family members or people who know you and result to honor killings because people believe that you constitute  a disgrace for the community and must be removed from the face of the earth if they can’t change your sexuality.

Religious extremists are even making billboard like recently in Virginia saying that being gay is choice

http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/12/15/3603688/virginia-ex-gay-billboard/

and the notorious Westboro church  www.godhatesfags.com/

And Michael Sam who is a famous athlete who came out as gay recently told Oprah how he was extremely bullied for being gay because in many states or cities in the USA, it is still legal to bully gay people in the name of religious freedom or liberty and states are pushing for bill like that to become laws:

Michael Sam Tells Oprah Heartbreaking Childhood Bullying Story (VIDEO)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/26/michael-sam-oprah-interview-brothers-abuse_n_6382536.html

But here we go  there is a good news a good news

LGBT Activists: UN Should Classify Gay Conversion Therapy as Torture

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/melanie-hunter/lgbt-activists-un-should-classify-gay-conversion-therapy-torture

The UN committee does not have the authority to impose its views on the issue of conversion therapy – according to an article published by Breitbart and posted on the website Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) – but its opinion could be used in domestic court cases or in legislative debates about efforts to ban the practice.

Leaders of the NCLR’s #BornPerfect campaign – which included campaign coordinator and staff attorney Samantha Ames and “conversion therapy survivor” Samuel Brinton testified before the UN’s Committee Against Torture (CAT) to make them “aware of the dangers of convention therapy, especially for LGBT youth.”

The UN defines torture as: “any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.”

“The moment the words ‘conversion therapy’ left Rapporteur Jens Modvig’s lips, gasps filled the room. We had done it. Modvig, the CAT member from Denmark, asked the delegation from the U.S. State Department how conversion therapy could still be going on in the United States in 2014,” Ames wrote in an op-ed on the NCLR website.

“Sam, a conversion therapy survivor, who had courageously testified through tears yesterday, grabbed my hand and squeezed so hard I thought it might break. We had done what we came here to do: For the first time, a United Nations committee had addressed conversion therapy as an international human rights issue. It was unbelievable,” she added.

“But, before the shock could wear off, we heard the words again, this time from CAT Rapporteur Satyabhoosun Gupt Domah of Mauritius. Then, incredible, a third time, from Committee member Sapana Pradhan Malla of Nepal. For the first time three times in the history of the United Nations, the Committee Against Torture was questioning a country on conversion therapy,” Ames wrote.

Ames testified that “as many as one in three LGBT people have been subjected to some form of conversion therapy and that the American Psychological Association has linked it to depression, substance abuse, and suicide.”

Brinton “testified about the licensed psychotherapist who tied his arms down, wrapped his hands in hot copper coils, and stuck needles in his finger to channel electric shocks whenever he was shown a picture of men kissing.”

“The conversion therapy stories we shared brought tears to the eyes of U.N. and State Department officials,” Ames wrote.

Also were the parents of Michael Brown – the unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., who was fatally shot by police – as well as a survivor of military sexual assault and “an exonerated prisoner held at Guantanamo Bay,” Ames added.

In 2009, the APA adopted a resolution saying that mental health professionals should avoid telling clients they can change their sexual orientation through therapy or other treatments.

“Contrary to claims of sexual orientation change advocates and practitioners, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of psychological interventions to change sexual orientation,” said Judith M. Glassgold, PsyD, chair of the task force. “Scientifically rigorous older studies in this area found that sexual orientation was unlikely to change due to efforts designed for this purpose.

“Contrary to the claims of SOCE practitioners and advocates, recent research studies do not provide evidence of sexual orientation change as the research methods are inadequate to determine the effectiveness of these interventions,” Glassgold said.

“At most, certain studies suggested that some individuals learned how to ignore or not act on their homosexual attractions. Yet, these studies did not indicate for whom this was possible, how long it lasted or its long-term mental health effects. Also, this result was much less likely to be true for people who started out only attracted to people of the same sex,” she added.

However, Dr. Nicholas Cummings, former head of the APA, wrote a column in the USA Today last year challenging the notion that sexual reorientation therapy was unethical.

“The Southern Poverty Law Center has done amazing service for our nation in fighting prejudice. But it has gone astray in its recent New Jersey lawsuit charging JONAH, formerly Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, a group that offers to help gay people change their orientation, with committing consumer fraud. The sweeping allegation that such treatment must be a fraud because homosexual orientation can’t be changed is damaging,” he wrote.

During his time as chief psychologist for Kaiser Permanente, Cummings and his staff treated 18,000 gays and lesbians who sought therapy either “to come to grips with their gay identity, to resolve relationship issues or to change their sexual orientation.”

“We would always inform patients in the third group that change was not easily accomplished. With clinical experience, my staff and I learned to assess the probability of change in those who wished to become heterosexual,” Cummings wrote.

“The majority were able to attain a happier and more stable homosexual lifestyle. Of the patients I oversaw who sought to change their orientation, hundreds were successful,” he wrote. “I believe that our rate of success with reorientation was relatively high because we were selective in recommending therapeutic change efforts only to those who identified themselves as highly motivated and were clinically assessed as having a high probability of success.

Cummings said psychotherapy in sexual orientation change has become “politicized.”

“Contending that all same-sex attraction is immutable is a distortion of reality. Attempting to characterize all sexual reorientation therapy as ‘unethical’ violates patient choice and gives an outside party a veto over patients’ goals for their own treatment. A political agenda shouldn’t prevent gays and lesbians who desire to change from making their own decisions,” he wrote.

The NCLR’s #BornPerfect campaign set a goal of five years to get rid of conversion therapy in the U.S. California and New Jersey have made it illegal for minors to undergo “reparative therapy.”

And here is another good news :

http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2014/12/n-j-lawmaker-introduces-bill-to-prohibit-gay-panic-defense-in-murder-cases/

TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would prohibit the so called “gay panic” defense from being used to escape murder charges.

Tim Eustace

Currently, New Jersey law permits a defendant to be charged with manslaughter – a lesser charge than murder – if, among other things, the crime “is committed in the heat of passion resulting from a reasonable provocation.”

Under the proposed legislation, a “provocation” can not be interpreted as reasonable if it is based on “the discovery of, knowledge about, or potential disclosure of the homicide victim’s actual or perceived gender identityor expression,” including “circumstances in which the victim made an unwanted, non-forcible romantic or sexual advance toward the actor, or if the victim and actor dated or had a romantic or sexual relationship.”

The bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-Bergen), says even though it’s unclear if such a defense has ever been used in New Jersey, he wants “to make sure that we’re paying attention to things before they happen,” reports NJ.com.

Eustace is the Legislature’s second openly gay member.

New Jersey would not be the first state to ban such defenses if the bill becomes law. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a similar bill in September.

And there is this billboard campaign to say that God loves gay :

Last year, the American Bar Association urged governments to curtail the use of gay panic defenses, saying such defenses represent “the notion that LGBT lives are worth less than other lives.”

So Self hatred is not the answer, It propels to self harm, self sabotaging, internalized homophobia, self hatred is not the solution, it is the problem here is yet another victory in DC :

Reparativetherapy-300x157VICTORY! D.C. Mayor Signs Bill Banning Conversion Therapy for LGBT Youth

http://bluenationreview.com/victory-d-c-mayor-signs-bill-banning-conversion-therapy-lgbt-youth/?ref=00438

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