Russian Lawmaker Wants to Offer Free 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

The Advocate
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August 26, 2013
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A senior Russian lawmaker wants to offer LGBT Russians free psychotherapy to become heterosexual, reports the Russian Times

Mikhail Degtyarev, a parliamentarian from the populist-nationalist party LDPR, said he and members of the lower house of Parliament, known as the State Duma, are drafting a proposal to offer LGBT people anonymous, voluntary consultations with psychologists, psychiatrists, and "sexologists" to help them "return to normal life and become heterosexuals, as are 95 to 99 percent of our citizens," according to the state-run news agency RT. 

Every major scientific and medical organization in the U.S. has determined that "ex-gay" therapy, sometimes called "conversion" or "reparative therapy" is not only ineffective at turning gay people straight, but also seriously harmful to the mental and physical health of the person undergoing "treatment."California and New Jersey have both passed laws barring licensed therapists from engaging in the practice with minors.