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Therapies that purport to "cure" gay people were denounced as harmful during the annual meeting of the British Medical Association, reports Pink News.
At the Thursday session, the majority of physicians attending agreed that the Royal College of Psychiatrists and other mental health standard-setting organizations should reject and ban the treatments.
"Sexuality is such a fundamental part of who a person is that attempts to change it just result in significant confusion, depression and even suicide," said Tom Dolphin, vice-chair of the BMA's junior doctors committee. "You can't just wish away same-sex attraction no matter how inconvenient it might be."