Throughout the s and 90s, the Christian right poured money and muscle into promoting the message that homosexuality was a curable disorder. It advocated conversion therapy, which promised to turn gay men and women straight. But last week, when President Obama announced his support for a national ban on such therapies, few voices on the Christian right spoke up in protest. The announcement confirmed the evaporation of support for these approaches among the communities that once embraced them.
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China urged to stop using electroshock therapy to 'convert' LGBT people - Chicago Tribune
This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. The organization interviewed 17 people who were threatened, coerced and sometimes physically forced by their parents to submit to conversion therapy, as adults or as adolescents. Five were subjected to electric shocks while being shown images or videos — or given verbal descriptions — of homosexual acts. One said the doctor had described homosexuality as promiscuous and licentious. Indeed, Chinese society strongly favours children who can pass on the family name. Gay children often face intense family pressure to enter heterosexual marriages and have children.