Helem has held a press conference in cooperation with the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health (LebMASH) for exposing the opinion of psychology and psychiatry about. The conference included a speech of the Lebanese Psychology Association (LPA) and a speech of the Lebanese Society of Psychiatry (LPS).
The conference started with the specialist in clinical psychology, psychotherapist and university professor, Dr. Carole Saadeh representing LebMASH.
Dr. Saadeh notified that the issue of homosexuality is not only related to psychology, but it is first linked to the human rights in Lebanon.
She stated that homosexuality is not a disease and therefore do not require treatment and the subject of the treatment of homosexuals is impossible, but can the opposite it may lead to more damages; the illness is homophobia, it is found only in human race and not in homosexuality which exist in a lot of living creatures. Dr. Carole drew attention to the difference between sexual orientation and sexual behavior, if behavior may change the sexual orientation is stable.
Then spoke the director of the LPA, the psychologist Dr. Leila Akoury Dirani, Dr. Dirani confirmed that psychology only interferes with homosexuals to help them overcome social and family pressures, and stressed that the treatment or follow-up can be efficient only if the patient suffers from sexual identity disorder, and it helps him to discovers his true sexual orientation.
After a small intervention of the lawyer Mr. Nizar Saghiyeh, Dr. Leila confirmed that homosexuality is not against nature.
Finally, the conference concluded with the psychiatrist Dr. George Karam, a representative of the LPS. He stressed that the dominant subject in the media of treating homosexuality is wrong and there is no cure for homosexuality, and he stated that there is no reason to be homosexual, as well as there is no reason for being heterosexual, and he expressed his surprise at the unresponsiveness of the media with the subject of homosexuality and asked: as long as homosexuality is natural why is the media against homosexuals?
It is important to note that the psychiatrics are not obliged to join the LPS unlike the doctors, that is why they cannot take decisive action with those who do not respect their statements & ethics. So the reports of the associations aim to guide and educate other Specialists.
Official statements about the topic of homosexuality given by these associations were distributed, and followed by a small discussion with the journalists.
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