We the undersigned call on The Charities Commission for Northern Ireland and HMRC to remove Core Issues Trusts’ charitable status, as this organisation does not meet the requirements of the Charities Act (NI) 2008 which requires all charities to have aims which are, demonstrably, for the public benefit. As Core Issues Trust promotes and delivers the practise of ‘Reparative/Conversion Therapy’ which is internationally condemned as dangerous, we believe that this organisations practice does not meet the requirement mentioned above.
On 1998-DEC-14, the American Psychiatric Association rejected reparative therapy as ineffective and potentially destructive. 1, 2 Their Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a position statement opposing reparative therapy. APA President, Rodrigo Munoz, commented: "It is fitting that this position opposing reparative therapy is adopted on the 25th anniversary of the removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder from the DSM [in 1973] There is no scientific evidence that reparative or conversion therapy is effective in changing a person's sexual orientation. There is, however, evidence that this type of therapy can be destructive."
The APA statement said, in part:
"The potential risks of 'reparative therapy' are great, including depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior, since therapist alignment with societal prejudices against homosexuality may reinforce self-hatred already experienced by the patient."
"Many patients who have undergone 'reparative therapy' relate that they were inaccurately told that homosexuals are lonely, unhappy individuals who never achieve acceptance or satisfaction."
"The possibility that the person might achieve happiness and satisfying interpersonal relationships as a gay man or lesbian is not presented, nor are alternative approaches to dealing with the effects of societal stigmatization discussed."
"Therefore, the American Psychiatric Association opposes any psychiatric treatment, such as 'reparative' or 'conversion' therapy which is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder or based upon a prior assumption that the patient should change his/her homosexual orientation. The American Psychiatric Association recognizes that in the course of ongoing psychiatric treatment, there may be appropriate clinical indications for attempting to change sexual behaviors."
1. M.S. Katz, "American Psychiatric Association rebukes reparative therapy," APA, 1998-DEC-14. Text and news release on line at: http://www.psych.org/news_stand/rep_therapy.html
2. “Position Statement: Psychiatric Treatment and Sexual Orientation” American Psychiatric Association, 1998