Don't Export 'Ex-Gay' Therapy to Mexico: Cancel the 'Cure Homosexuality' Conference in Monterrey
  • Petitioned Hna. María Velásques Bernal

This petition was delivered to:

Directora del Colegio Labastida
Hna. María Velásques Bernal
Dra. Lizzie Cavazos Borobia
Directora del Centro Mexicano de Piscotraumatología
Presidente del Consejo Nacional para Prevenir la Discriminación
Ricardo Antonio Bucio Mújica

Don't Export 'Ex-Gay' Therapy to Mexico: Cancel the 'Cure Homosexuality' Conference in Monterrey

    1. Fernando Elizondo García
    2. Petition by

      Fernando Elizondo García

      Monterrey, Mexico

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February 2014

Victory

We managed to stop the conference to "cure" homosexuality! On February 1, the Mexico Psychotraumatology Center confirmed the cancellation of a conference featuring "ex-gay therapy" proponent Richard Cohen. It is known that in the courses and talks Cohen offers, he presents the idea that homosexuality can be "healed" by conversion to heterosexuality. This discourse is highly homophobic and discriminatory. Therefore, the success of this petition is a very important step that shows that when we join our voices, we oppose discrimination and violence. Thank you for taking action!

The  Piscotraumatología Mexican Center, in complete contradiction to its mission to "facilitate and promote the growth potential of the human being,” has scheduled to bring in “ex-gay therapy” proponent Richard Cohen to Labastida College in Monterrey (Mexico) on February 12, 2014 to share his theories on how to cure homosexuality.

Richard Cohen is an "ex-gay" therapy supporter who has written books on how to "help" people to stop being gay.

Many organizations worldwide have spoken out against so-called "conversion therapies." The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has stated that “services that purport to ‘cure’ people with non-heterosexual sexual orientation lack medical justification and represent a serious threat to the health and well-being of affected people.” PAHO notes that “there is no rigorous scientific study that demonstrates the effectiveness of efforts to change sexual orientation.” PAHO even calls for therapists and clinics that support “conversion” or “reparative” therapy to be reported and sanctioned.  

SANCTIONED AND REPORTED!

Therefore, the fact that the  Piscotraumatología Mexican Center, an organization whose mission is "to ensure the integrity and significance of the person to be a factor of change in their community" would organize an event that will promote the homophobic and discriminatory ideas of Richard Cohen is highly outrageous.

These ideas help to perpetuate stereotypes that homosexuality is a disease that must be cured, and they contribute to the social rejection that exists today against the LGBT community. The repression of sexual orientation has been associated with feelings of guilt and shame, depression, anxiety, and even suicide.

The Piscotraumatología Mexican Center and its Psychotraumatology director Lizzie Cavazos Borobia should immediately cancel the conference in Monterrey, and tell Richard Cohen to stop spreading discriminatory ideas.

To:
Hna. María Velásques Bernal, Directora del Colegio Labastida
Dra. Lizzie Cavazos Borobia
Directora del Centro Mexicano de Piscotraumatología
Ricardo Antonio Bucio Mújica, Presidente del Consejo Nacional para Prevenir la Discriminación
Don't Export 'Ex-Gay' Therapy to Mexico: Cancel the 'Cure Homosexuality' Conference in Monterrey

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[Your name]

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    • Penelope Cardinale HARTFORD, CT
      • 5 months ago

      Being a heterosexual female I do not believe you could ever "cure" someone's sexuality. And furthermore why would you ever want to? Let PEOPLE be who they are!

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      • 5 months ago

      La idea de darle audiencia a este tipo de conferencias que tratan de insertar ideas obsoletas que pueden afectar a la sociedad mexicana me parece reprensible.

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      • 5 months ago

      misinformation of homosexuality

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    • R Stephens CRAWLEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 months ago

      There is no cure, orientation is part of you. 'Ex-gays' exhibit weird facial expressions when talking about how happy they are... Stop damaging children!

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    • Javier Martinez WEST COVINA, CA
      • 5 months ago

      Homosexuality is not something "curable". He is FAKE.

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