A resolution passed at the AOA House of Delegates condemns conversion therapy or reparative therapy for those who identify as LGBTQ.
The resolution aims to ensure the physical and psychological welfare of this community. Taking into consideration the strong evidence that sexual orientation change efforts negatively affect a person’s mental and physical well-being, the AOA affirms that individuals who don’t identify as heterosexual are not suffering from a disease or illness. In addition, the resolution also states that DO participation in conversion therapy is considered unethical.
The AOA also supports potential legislation, regulations or policies that oppose the practice of sexual orientation change efforts.
The Human Rights Campaign covered the resolution’s passing and shares more information about conversion therapy, including state laws passed that ban the therapy being practiced on youth, in this article.