UK: stop psychological "treatments" for homosexuals. Which however remain valid for gender dysphoria
A new law is preparing to ban "reparative" therapies for gays and lesbians. However, there is no stop to treatment for those who suffer due to gender identity: here the psychological approach remains the first choice. Assimilating the two conditions is a serious mistake, which responds to ideology and not to the real needs of the people involved

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Great Britain, like Canada, France and New Zealand recently, is also preparing to pass a law banning reparative or conversion therapies, that is, those psychological and/or psychiatric treatments aimed at attempting to change the sexual orientation of a gay or lesbian person.

But the law will NOT cover so-called gender identity.

In short words, the ban will apply only to attempts to bring homosexual orientation back to heterosexual "normality". -a real form of torture- while the psychological approach will not be prohibited for people - in particular minors - with gender dysphoria, or who in any case painfully perceive themselves as "non-conforming" to their birth sex.

The ban on psychological therapies for these people, we reiterate, especially if they are minors, it would in fact pave the way for hormonal treatments -puberty blocker and cross-sex hormones- as the only possible alternative, when today the effectiveness and non-novelty of these treatments is questioned not only in the UK but throughout the Great North, in Australia, in various American states .

Above all, when detransitioner or desisters, girls started on the path of hormones early and later regretted - starting with Keira Bell - continue to testify loudly to the importance of an initial psychological approach, an approach that was denied to them with very serious consequences on their lives and health.

Even in Italy, calls for a law that prohibits conversion therapies are multiplying: among others During Pride month, the Milan City Council is preparing to examine a motion in this sense proposed by the PD.

But it would be a serious mistake not to distinguish, as Great Britain appropriately does, between homosexual people and people with gender dysphoria.

More than a serious mistake, probably, is the strong push by transactivists to pass - even along this path - free gender identity or self-id.

In fact, there is no relationship between homosexual orientation and gender dysphoria, which although "depathologized" by the WHO still remains a "sexual health disorder" which therefore requires some form of treatment, while being gay and lesbianism does not constitute a "disorder to be treated" at all but is a natural variant of human sexuality.

Assimilating the two conditions, and in particular combining them in a law, is a serious error of perspective, which responds to ideology and not to the real needs of all the people involved.

Indeed, one could argue that treating early with minor hormones gender nonconforming, bypassing the psychological approach - in order to cosmetically adapt their body to the perceived identity - constitutes in itself a form of reparative "therapy" on the Iranian model: in that country homosexual people are harshly persecuted, while those who "change sex" are accepted and integrated into society.

Marina Terragni

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