Legislative Assembly of the Australian state of New South Wales passed a motion
today condemning attempts to treat homosexuality as a treatable condition
October 2013 | By Andrew Potts
Openly gay independent MP for Sydney has had a
motion opposing attempts to treat homosexuality as a treatable condition passed
by the New South Wales (NSW) state Parliament.
Greenwich’s motion, passed by the NSW Lower House,
states that therapies attempting to turn gay people straight do not work,
stigmatize gay men and lesbians and are fundamentally damaging to mental
‘Reparative therapy has been condemned by
Australian, New Zealand and US psychological organizations, yet at least 10
organizations still practice it in Australia,’ Greenwich said today.
Embedded in its theory is the notion that
homosexuality is somehow a disorder that can be “fixed” and an immorality that
must be healed. Many who have experienced reparative therapy develop
psychological conditions including obsessive addictive behaviors, depression
and suicidal ideation.
‘Today the NSW Parliament delivered a strong
statement that there is nothing wrong or abnormal about being gay. I hope this
message gets to vulnerable and isolated LGBTI youth in rural and regional NSW.
'Homosexuality is neither a disorder nor immoral
and most Australians find reparative therapy offensive. I welcome the agreement
of the NSW Parliament on this. I believe that we should move to protect
vulnerable people coming to terms with their sexuality, promote support and
acceptance within faith communities and schools and outlaw this futile and
MPs who spoke on the motion included openly gay
Liberal MP for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith, Labor MP for Macquarie Fields Dr
Andrew Macdonald, Greens MP for Balmain Jamie Parker, and independent MP for
Lake Macquarie Greg Piper.
All the MPs who spoke to the motion highlighted the
dangers of ex-gay reparative therapy and the damage it causes vulnerable gay
and lesbian people.
Greenwich will now refer the transcript of the
debate to the parliament’s Health Care Complaint Committee inquiry into the
promotion of false or misleading health related information or practices in the
hope that it will recommend formal action against so-called ‘ex-gay’
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