Is Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy Ethical?

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Is Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy Ethical? An individual’s sexual orientation has been a subject of debate for years among our society. Even today, professionals still discuss whether a person’s sexual orientation is determined by biological or environmental factors. Others discuss their ethical belief on conversion therapies. People have the right to choose who they want to love weather that be male or female. Typically a person will identify themselves as being one of three categories; either heterosexual (having emotional, romantic, or sexual attractions to members of the other sex), homosexual (having emotional, romantic, or sexual attractions to members of one’s own sex), or bisexual (having emotional, romantic, or sexual attractions to both men and women) (American Psychological Association). Historically, we have been a predominately heterosexual society. In our society homosexual and bisexuals are the minority and have had higher risks of being criticized for their sexual preferences. This is because unfortunately there still remain a large number of people who believe being heterosexual is the only acceptable form of sexual orientation in our society. And there have been many attempts to reduce this population of people who identify themselves as gay or bisexual. People who have strong conservative or Catholic backgrounds have been most supportive towards methods to redirect sexual orientation. Despite the possible harm these techniques can cause an individual, some individuals still seeks ways to “cure” homosexuality. Among these attempts, a more widely discussed technique is a psychological approach; is Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy. This specific type of therapy is aimed at changing the sexual orientation of an individual. According to the American Psychological Association, “this conversion therapy, sometimes called reparative
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