"straightening" can cause harm
"The American Psychological Association concluded Wednesday that there is little evidence that efforts to change a person's sexual orientation from gay or lesbian to heterosexual are effective," according to a 138-page report mentioned on CNN.com.
"The group's Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation reached its conclusion after its review of 87 studies conducted between 1960 and 2007 and finding 'serious methodological problems' in the vast majority of them. Those few studies that did have 'high-quality' evidence 'show that enduring change to an individual's sexual orientation is uncommon,' it said."
"The report cited evidence that efforts to switch a person's sexual orientation through aversive treatments might cause harm, including loss of sexual feeling, suicidality, depression and anxiety."
Unfortunately, we know that mere facts are rarely able to overcome emotional prejudices. Still, this is important for people who *do* pay attention to peer-reviewed scientific studies.
I wish a sense of peace and wholeness to all those who undertook, thought about, or had inflicted on them, such interventions to change their orientation.