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Urgent Call for the Eradication of Conversion Practices in Latin America and the Caribbean


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New York, USA - December 18, 2023 - Mental health professional guilds, organizations, and associations from more than seven countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have come together to issue a joint media statement calling for the eradication of conversion practices aimed at changing or suppressing sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 

Conversion practices, which are rooted in homophobia and transphobia, lack any scientific basis and are extreme forms of discrimination. These practices inflict severe mental health damage on LGBTIQ individuals, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, self-esteem issues, and suicidal thoughts.

The signatory organizations: 

  • Caribbean Alliance of National Psychology Associations
  • Latin American Psychoanalytic Federation
  • Federal Council of Psychologists of Brazil
  • Federation of Psychologists of Venezuela
  • Colombian Professional Association of Psychology
  • Peruvian Society of Psychoanalysis
  • Gender and Sexualities Commission - Professional Association of Psychologists of Chile
  • Professional Association of Psychologists of Santa Fe, Argentina - First Circumscription

The organizations emphasize the importance of inclusive approaches in mental health practice that respect the identity of LGBTIQ individuals and reject any form of discrimination. 

They urge mental health professionals to take a proactive role in denouncing and confronting conversion practices in their professional spaces, as well as in the media and public forums.

Furthermore, the organizations call upon governments in Latin America and the Caribbean to enact effective legislation and public policies that prevent conversion practices and ensure that victims have access to the necessary professional care. It is crucial to prioritize the well-being and rights of LGBTIQ individuals by eradicating these harmful practices.

Outright International has documented the use of conversion practices globally and is working with partners around the globe to eradicate them. Outright International’s research on conversion practices around the world sheds light on the nature, extent, and impact of these harmful practices. 

“It is crucial that we convert mindsets, not our identities, and work towards a world where all individuals can live authentically and free from discrimination. Mental health professionals can play an important role in curbing the demand for conversion practices and ensuring they take no part in it," said Maria Sjödin, Outright International Executive Director. 

The signatory organizations have welcomed the support and have urged more collaborations to end conversion practices beyond Latin America and the Caribbean. 

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