Amazon: Stop selling gay “cure” books

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(UPDATE) Amazon removed conversion therapy books from its site on July 2, 2019. We are now asking that it sets a clear policy stating it will no longer allow conversion therapy books on its site. The books are down now, but with no change in the written policy, we can easily be back to fighting to take the books down at any moment.

Amazon is selling books that promote gay “cures” as you read this.

Some of the books include:

  • “A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality”
  • “Healing Homosexuality”
  • “How a Gay Boy Became a Straight Man”

Conversion therapy is destructive in all ways. It became popular in the 1970s following aversion therapy (which directed patients to use hormone pills, electrical shocks, and medication that induced vomiting to “cure” gay people and turn them straight).

14 states have banned conversion therapy for minors because of how destructive it is.

Reparative therapy, which these books are examples of, tries to change one’s sexuality on the belief that homosexuality is a mental disorder.

Surprise: none of these therapies work. And moreover, they’re incredibly damaging to the victims.

In fact, they can and have lead to mental health issues including depression, self-harm, and suicide.

Right now, Amazon is profiting from selling these books that give a platform to a dangerous and abusive practice. Celebrating books that qualify homosexuality as an illness is not right and you can help stop it.

Amazon has removed a gay conversion therapy app from its app store before following public outrage. If that app goes against their policies, why doesn’t selling books that promote the same thing?


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