Can you cure something that is not a disease? That is what Richard Cohen’s book promises: that it can cure homosexuality. And that is why a week ago I started an online petition to the three major booksellers in Spain - El Corte Inglés, La Casa del Libro and Amazon- to stop selling this book. After over 40.000 people joined my petition, they did, except for Amazon.
And this is why I want the petition to go international. Amazon is a global company and by selling this book it is helping to spread misconceptions and creating the breeding ground for homophobia. But it can be stopped. By supporting this petition you will be sending a clear message to Amazon to follow the example of other major booksellers and remove this book from its catalogue.
In 1990 the World Health Organization excluded homosexuality from its International Classification of Diseases, but it seems that some authors have not realized yet. Companies have to understand that they should not continue to reinforce misconceptions about homosexuality. Let them know by signing this petition.
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Amazon.com.
Stop selling books to cure Homosexuality
Your company is selling the book entitled: “Coming Out Straight: Understanding and Healing Homosexuality”, by Richard Cohen. Homosexuality is not a disease. It is unacceptable that your company tolerates the selling of these kind of works, that only contribute to reinforce misconceptions that homophobic behaviors.
Therefore I am asking you to remove this book from your catalogue and put an immediate end to its distribution. In 1990 the World Health Organization excluded homosexuality from its International Classification of Diseases, and books like this one continue to extend homophobia and the discrimination of gay people.
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