A group of gay
and lesbian psychiatrists successfully campaigned to
remove a conversion therapist from an Austrian mental health
of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists initiated a
letter-writing campaign against Markus Hoffman's
participation in the October conference in Graz.
According to the AGLP, Hoffman is a German conversion
therapist who leads an evangelical group that attempts to
change the orientation of gays and lesbians.
The organizers of
the conference--the Austrian Society of Psychiatry and
Psychotherapy--pushed for Hoffman to be disinvited
after being inundated with letters from AGLP members.
Seemingly under pressure, Hoffman announced he
had withdrawn from the event.
"AGLP is happy to
have played a role in protecting vulnerable gay
patients from potential harm," AGLP president Ubaldo Leli
said in a release. (The Advocate)