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Soc. Sci. 2017, 6(2), 54; doi:10.3390/socsci6020054

Sexual Orientation Change Efforts, Conservative Christianity and Resistance to Sexual Justice

School of Law and Politics, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX, UK
Academic Editors: Christine M. Robinson and Sue Spivey
Received: 1 January 2017 / Revised: 4 May 2017 / Accepted: 18 May 2017 / Published: 27 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Backlash: Contemporary Obstructions to Social Justice)
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In this article, I situate the practice of sexual orientation conversion efforts (SOCE), sometimes known as conversion or reparative therapy, within historical, cultural, religious and political attitudes to non-heterosexuality. Using documentary analysis, I investigate the contemporary resistance of two socially conservative organizations: National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) (US) and Core Issues Trust (UK), to legal and professional regulation of the sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) which they advocate. A number of themes emerged from the various documentation. The most convincing of these themes is a claim that to provide SOCE is to respect client’s autonomy rights to diminish unwanted sexual attraction, and to live in accordance with the moral principles that they value. I demonstrate that neither NARTH nor Core Issues Trust are consistent in their regard for client autonomy. I suggest that the most plausible reason for these organizations’ emphasis on autonomy and other secular tropes, such as scientific proof and progressive language, is that they provide a smokescreen for conservative Christian values. If we value a world of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) rights and recognition, we must counter this backlash against sexual and social justice. View Full-Text
Keywords: sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE); conversion therapy; homosexuality; LGBT; autonomy; science; Christianity; NARTH; Core Issues Trust; Pickup v Brown sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE); conversion therapy; homosexuality; LGBT; autonomy; science; Christianity; NARTH; Core Issues Trust; Pickup v Brown
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Clucas, R. Sexual Orientation Change Efforts, Conservative Christianity and Resistance to Sexual Justice. Soc. Sci. 2017, 6, 54.

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