RESOURCES

LEARNING ALONG THE WAY

ETHICAL  GUIDELINES

An ethical framework for engaging with survivors of SOCE (Sexual Orientation Change Efforts) that acknowledges their humanity and Acknowledges the entirety of their lived experience.

These guidelines present a way forward for communicators to accurately and responsibly represent SOCE survivors in the media and public policy.

STATEMENTS FROM PUBLIC BODIES

AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY

APS Position Statement on the use of psychological practices that attempt to change sexual orientation

HEALTH COMPLAINTS COMMISSIONER

On the 17th of May 2018, the Health Complaints Commissioner launched an inquiry into the practice of so called ‘Conversion Therapy’ in Victoria

BEYOND BLUE

In partnership with Beyond Blue, the Brave Network developed a Factsheet to better equip phone counsellors to help those who have experienced Ex-Gay Ideology, whether through SOCE or through the ideologies held by their Religious or Faith Communities

RESOURCES FROM INSIDE EX-GAY

Shortly after major Ex-Gay organisations Exodus International and Living Waters Australia shutdown in 2013/2014, the Brave Network conducted a series of radio interviews titled “Inside Ex-Gay” in partnership with JoyFM.

Since then the resources Brave has developed and recommends have grown.

 

QUESTIONS

QUESTIONS

Put simply and succinctly – Any set of beliefs that can fully agree with the following statement:

“We believe that LGBTIQ people are a loved and essential part of God’s intended Human Diversity”

SOCE (Sexual Orientation Change Efforts) are methods used in attempts to change the sexual orientation of homosexual and bisexual people to heterosexuality. They may include behavioural techniques, cognitive behavioural techniques, psychoanalytic techniques, medical approaches, religious and spiritual approaches, and, in some parts of the world, acts of sexual violence (“corrective rape”).

There are no studies of adequate scientific base to conclude whether or not such methods work to change sexual orientation. The longstanding consensus of the behavioural and social sciences, and the health and mental health professions is that homosexuality and bisexuality are per se normal and positive variations of human sexual orientation. Research has consistently failed to provide any empirical or scientific basis for regarding them as disorders or abnormalities.

Ex-Gay Ideology refers to both the overt spoken beliefs/teachings as well as the underlying culture of a particular community of people that sees being LGBTIQ as some how broken or sinful and in need of fixing or suppression (Celibacy)

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