What harm does Conversion Therapy cause?

While Conversion Therapy may be well-intentioned, survivors report many adverse effects and unintended consequences: 

  • Shame/Guilt
  • Depression
  • Hopelessness
  • Loss of Self Confidence
  • Suicide
  • Parental Blame
  • False Memories
  • Sacrificed Same-Sex Relationships
  • Experimental Opposite-Sex Marriages
  • Self-Imposed Isolation and Loneliness
  • Risky Compulsive Sex
  • Loss of Faith
  • Cognitive Dissonance
  • Confusion
  • Loss of Trust
  • Trauma, PTSD, General Anxiety

beyond ex-gay survey

In 2013, the group Beyond Ex-gay announced the results of a survey of more than 400 ex-gay survivors. 

  • 74% (306 of 413 survey participants) reported that they felt the ex-gay experience "harmed", "harmed a lot", or "devastated my life" (Question 9).
  • More than half of 384 survey participants reported the following harm from their ex-gay experience (Question 10):
    • 80% "Shame"
    • 79% "Emotional harm"
    • 71% "Depression"
    • 62% "Reinforced self-hate "
    • 62% "Fear"
    • 59% "I didn't change"
    • 58% "Angry"
    • 56% "Disappointment"
    • 53% "Psychological harm"
    • 52% "Lack of self-esteem"
  • 84% (346 of 406 survey participants) reported that they are still affected by the harm caused by the ex-gay experience (Question 11).