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Position on Sexual Orientation and Reparative Therapy

Position on Reparative Therapy
Revised 2.9.17

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) takes the position that having a non-heterosexual sexual orientation, that being transgender, and that being gender non-conforming, are not mental disorders. We oppose any “reparative” or conversion therapy that seeks to “change” or “fix” a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. AASECT does not believe that non-heterosexual sexual orientation or being transgender or gender non-conforming is something that needs to be “fixed” or “changed.” 

The rationale behind this position is the following: