2009 Anti-Heterosexism Conference: Nov 20-22, West Palm Beach, Florida
~~~~~The 2009 Anti-Heterosexism Conference
Building Community to End the Harm Caused By Heterosexism & Reparative Therapy
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Soulforce, Truth Wins Out, the National Black Justice Coalition, Beyond Ex-Gay, Box Turtle Bulletin, and Equality Florida
November 20-22, 2009
West Palm Beach, Florida
Dr. Sylvia Rhue, Dr. Jack Drescher, and Rev. Deborah Johnson
Early Registration begins August 20 and ends October 5, 2009
ABOUT THE ANTI-HETEROSEXISM CONFERENCE:
Why in the world would we put "Anti" in the title of our conference?
The 2009 Anti-Heterosexism Conference is open to everyone who cares about the welfare of LGBTQ people and wants to help stop the harm caused by heterosexism, reparative therapy, ex-gay ministries and other sexual orientation change efforts. Conference attendees come from all walks of life and many professional backgrounds, including LGBTQ people, clergy, educators, mental health professionals, and allies. By attending this conference you will learn to:
WHAT IS HETEROSEXISM AND ANTI-HETEROSEXISM?
Heterosexism is the presumption that others are heterosexual and that opposite sex attractions and relationships are preferable and superior to those of the same sex. Heterosexism has been encoded into nearly every major social, religious, cultural, and economic institution in our society and it leads directly to discrimination and the harmful efforts by some health care providers and religious groups to change or repress the sexual orientation of those under their care.
Anti-heterosexism involves recognizing and questioning the power and privileges society confers on heterosexual people because of their sexual orientation. It involves respecting and fostering the inclusivity and diversity of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
HOW ARE HETEROSEXISM AND "REPARATIVE THERAPY" RELATED?
One of the most destructive forms of heterosexism is the practice of "ex-gay" ministries and "reparative" or "sexual orientation conversion" therapies. Based on the false presumption that heterosexuality is superior to homosexuality, these treatments use scientifically unsound and outdated understandings of sexual and gender identity and offer false hope to vulnerable and distressed people, especially those from conservative religious backgrounds. The harm caused by such programs can be immense, with troubling ethical violations that may include breaches in patient/client confidentiality, and outcomes that increase the risk for depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior. Paid spokespersons from ex-gay ministries speak in courtrooms, school board meetings, and directly to legislators in Congress in order to deny LGBTQ people full civil equality.
Upon completing a careful scientific review of the published literature on conversion therapy, and having undergone a rigorous American Psychological Association peer review process, the Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Response to Sexual Orientation concluded that sexual orientation is unlikely to change due to "therapeutic" efforts and issued a resolution calling on mental health professionals to avoid telling clients they can change from gay to straight through therapy or other treatments. The full APA press release can be read at http://www.apa.org/releases/therapeutic.html.
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