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Lebanon: Being gay is not a disease and needs no treatment

in LEBANON, 16/07/2013

Homosexuality is not a mental disorder and does not need to be treated, the Lebanese Psychiatric Society (LPS) said Thursday in a statement published by the Ministry of Information.

“The assumption that homosexuality is a result of disturbances in the family dynamic or unbalanced psychological development is based on wrong information.,” the organization said.

LPS added that “conversion therapy” also known as reparative, or “ex-gay” therapy, which seeks to “convert” homosexuals into heterosexuals, has no scientific backing and asked health care professionals to “rely only on science” when offering opinion or treatment.

The LPS cited the 1973 decision by the American Psychiatric Association that ceased to classify homosexuality as a mental disorder, and the 1998 decision which opposed any form of psychiatric treatment known as reparative or conversion therapy based on the assumptions that homosexuality is a mental disorder and that patients should change their sexual orientation.

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