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A coalition of groups from Latin America and the Caribbean Launches the “Cures that Kill” campaign

May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, marks the anniversary of the groundbreaking day in 1990 when the World Health Organization (WHO) officially accepted Homosexuality as a natural variation of human sexuality.

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10th May 2011 21:02

Alessia Valenza


 Since then, the international scientific community opposes all approaches, which regard homosexuality as an illness that should be “cured”.

 Medical and political consensus is also growing around the world to adopt the same approach towards Transgenderism.

Opposing this, some conservative voices still preach and promote so-called “reparative therapies”, often supported by religious currents and sometimes even by public institutions.

These “therapies” are not only ineffective; by reinforcing feelings of guilt and low self-esteem, they can increase psychological suffering, which in some extreme cases can drive individuals to feel suicidal. Furthermore, by spreading homophobia and transphobia, they condone discriminations, attacks and murders.

The Latin America and the Caribbean wide campaign "CURES THAT KILL" opposes any so-called therapies which aim to “cure” either homosexuality or transgenderism.

* We DEMAND that governments adhere to the principle of secularism in Latin American and Caribbean countries and take concrete measures to combat "reparative" practices targeting homosexuality and transgenderism, including the disruption of any public funding to institutions or individuals that have not clearly distanced themselves from such practices .

* WE DEMAND that the national or local public health systems exclude all practitioners who practice or promote "reparative" approaches.

* WE URGE private donors to make the explicit opposition to "reparative" therapy a criterion for approval of grants.

* WE REQUEST that the religious authorities strongly condemn the use of discourses that suggest and / or promote “reparative” processes, and instead promote acceptance of sexual and gender diversity as variables of human nature.

Read the full appeal and sign the petition