Groundbreaking report reveals reach of conversion therapy

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09/04/2019

A first-of-its-kind report documenting conversion therapy around the world highlights the pervasiveness of the practice. The 73-page report, “Harmful Treatment: The Global Reach of So-Called Conversion Therapy,” published by OutRight Action International August 22, documents common factors that lead to conversion therapy and recommendations for eradicating the practice. The report found that religion and “pseudo-health care” facilities promote preying on deep-rooted cultural faith and honor among families, who often instigate LGBT family members getting conversion therapy treatment. In some cases, LGBT individuals self-admit themselves to conversion therapy centers or practices, the report noted. Nearly 500 people from 80 countries responded to an online survey distributed in English and Mandarin, during a three-week period in March. Researchers followed up with interviews in March and April with 19 individuals who indicated interest in telling their stories.

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