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There is a new name for an old foe - "SAFE-T." It stands for 'Sexual Attraction Fluidity Exploration in Therapy.' Despite the name, it is anything but an exploration of sexual fluidity. Instead, this is a so-called therapy aims to subvert same-gender sexual attractions and promote a heterosexual identity through shame, harm, mistreatment, and unethical "counseling/therapeutic" techniques. This was previously called "Conversion" or "Reparative" therapy - because there was something to fix, or repair, right?
Even as I write this, I have a hard time even calling this a type of therapy. The rage - it's real, folks.
Why is "SAFE-T" or "Conversion" therapy bad? Three main reasons...
Click here for a list of national association's (medical, psychological, research, etc.) and organization's policy and position statements on conversion therapy.
Now, let's talk about the ridiculous nature and absurdity that is the phrase given to this type of practice. I am not sure who came up with this new turn-of-phrase, but I can't help but think they were doing their best to turn up their nose at legit psychotherapy practice.
Key components of affirmative therapy, like safety, sexual exploration, fluidity, exploration, all are parts of a sex positive and health therapy process for accepting a person's sexual identity. By using terms such as these in this heinous practice is inexcusable. It's as though these 'practitioners' are attempting to state they are open, accepting and willing to support someone through an exploratory process of sexual development - however with the end goal being heterosexual cisgender identities.
Being of a sexual or gender identity minority, anywhere on the LGBPQT+ spectrum is already exceptionally difficult in this heterocentric world and society. It doesn't need to be made harder with anti-science, pseudo intellectual turn of phrase torture. It is already a terrifying process to discover and come to accept who you are - if you or anyone you know is questioning or exploring their identities, encourage them to seek a supportive affirmative therapist, preferably someone who is certified or has lots of experience. Living life authentically and from a genuine place is infinitely better than conforming to expectations.
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