United Nations NGO Committees Host Discussion of Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE)

United Nations NGO Committees Host Discussion of Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE)

Panel to Highlight Human Rights Issues Facing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People

Thursday, January 31 the United Nations nongovernmental organizations committees on Human Rights and HIV/AIDS will host a panel discussion on sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) and the consequences this practice poses for human rights throughout the world. A panel of legal and mental health experts, academics, religious leaders and even a survivor of this practice will examine the far-reaching impact of sexual orientation change efforts.

SOCE sometimes referred to as conversion or reparative therapy is a practice based on the premise that people can change their sexual orientation, “converting” from gay to straight. It has grown internationally, often as a Western export in developing countries. Religious and cultural pressures can result in this concept being used to encourage unsafe practices and even violence.

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