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“Does present important and relevant data on homosexuality that will help sensible professionals and lay people alike refute the specious arguments of … radical right politicians and religious leaders.” –Book Reviews “John C. Gonsiorek and James D. Weinrich are skillful in their application of research to public policy…. This book is exceptionally readable…. [they] are to be particularly commended for their editorial expertise.” –Contemporary Psychology “Gonsiorek and Weinrich's book is a gem! It provides the most up-to-date discussions of all the crucial issues that anyone who deals with gay and lesbian issues must understand–the myths, prejudices, and the knotty issues of policy and the scientific research relevant to them. Whether one needs to know about ‘child molestation,’ ‘choice,’ ‘role models,’ or any other ‘old chestnut,’ ...

Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy for Gay Men and Lesbians: A Scientific Examination
Sexual orientation conversion therapy for gay men and lesbians: A scientific examination

The American Psychiatric Association's 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders marked the official passing of the illness model of homosexuality. The American Psychological Association followed suit with a resolution affirming this anti-illness perspective stating, in part: “the APA urges all mental health professionals to take the lead in removing the stigma of mental illness that has long been associated with homosexual orientations” (American Psychological Association, 1975).

Homosexuality was replaced with the confusing “ego-dystonic homosexuality” diagnosis, which itself was dropped in 1988. Despite this now complete official depathologizing of homosexuality, efforts by both mental health professionals ...

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