Professional Standards Authority issues statement on transgender conversion therapy

Thanks for taking the time to contact the PSA about this matter and for keeping it in the public eye.

Trying to prevent someone expressing their inner experience of their gender is patently wrong. As is trying to encourage someone to be sexual if they feel no desire to be so. The discussion about Asexuals is being left behind a bit in this whole debate, but it is just as important.

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Following a recent controversy over conversion therapy and transgender people, I contacted the Professional Standards Authority for comment. Today I received a reply.

Conversion therapy is a controversial form of psychotherapy which aims to turn gay people straight, or in some cases to revert transgender people to their birth gender. Pretty much all the research evidence suggests it’s ineffective and harmful. Most psychotherapy organisations in Britain have condemned conversion therapy for gay people, but have not done so for transgender people.

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