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Gay 'Therapy' Doesn't Work

Sorry, religious right: The Associated Press reports that a six-member American Psychological Association panel reviewed 83 studies on sexual-orientation change conducted since 1960. The panel's report led the APA to vote 125-to-4 on a resolution repudiating "reparative therapy," a treatment espoused by a small group of therapists and religious conservatives who believe that gay men and women can change their sexual orientation. Evidently, some research suggests that reparative therapy can induce depression and suicidal tendencies. However, for clients who believe their sexual orientation conflicts with their faith the APA has endorsed a new approach to homosexuality that may annoy some gay-rights groups. The Associated Press writes that the APA "urged therapists to consider multiple options, which could include celibacy and switching churches."