"The reason for my transgenderism was the fact that I didn’t feel like a man... doesn’t a person have the right to actually go and seek help to change their orientation if it’s causing them distress? Today it’s good … I feel secure in my masculinity. …. at this point in my life I’m happy being a man for the first time in a long time."
Supporting people with unwanted same-sex attractions and gender confusions
Many people experiencing difficulties in such areas want help in overcoming the feelings. This can be motivated by health concerns, religious beliefs, or simply by preference. Currently these people are being let down and denied access to services except they affirm these unwanted feelings. Many governments are wanting to ban all related counselling or therapy. With the aggressive secular culture that has developed towards anyone who does not want to embrace homosexuality, or transsexual ideology, people are left with nowhere to turn.
The IFTCC Conference 2022
How can we safeguard basic human rights to live in harmony with our deeply held beliefs and values – when therapeutic choice is under threat? What are the legal challenges? What is the role of research?
Science confirms that same-sex attractions and transgender conditions are not simply inborn. Relational trauma may have a significant impact on the development of personal and sexual identity.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for strugglers to find appropriate, evidence-based, accountable support. Our conference will look at several approaches and possibilities through a wide range of talks, workshops, discussion and networking.
About IFTCC Learning
IFTCC Learning serves the IFTCC as its public education body. It is led by the IFTCC Education and Training Advisory Council, chaired by Professor Carolyn Pela and managed by Dr Mike Davidson. IFTCC Learning aims to provide:
1. Further training for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists;
2. Specific knowledge, current best-practise and the latest research findings;
3. A structured approach for pastoral careers and other helping disciplines.
About IFTCC Archive
The IFTCC archives mark the beginning of an international repository for resources that were created in the defense of the right to move away from unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion. It provides a glimpse into the social and political history of the movement that opposes ‘conversion therapy’ bans.
What people say...
"There are indeed people who are critical of my journey. They don't agree, and they don't believe in change. I, however, respond that my life is more honest now."
"My gay affairs once worked for me like drugs work for an addict. I wanted to compensate my bad feelings …. Today I rather face my bad feelings."
"I wasn’t born with these desires but they grew as a result of bullying and exclusion as a teenager."
"I found that people who have decided to live as a homosexual got all the support they needed but the people that decided [to] change their lifestyle had no real help."
"It is ironic that a society that prides itself on individual liberty wants to enforce its values on others."
"They provide me tremendous assistance with unwanted same sex attraction and my mental, emotional and psychological health had improved remarkably."
"This therapy does not attempt to change an individual from being gay to being straight but rather it helps an individual heal from past hurts and fears."
"I have the right to pursue truth and happiness as I understand it; and that is what this therapy has allowed me to do."
"I find it unacceptable that bigoted, intolerant people are seeking to disallow others their truth and their happiness, by seeking to ban this type of therapy."
"'It is not the case that sexual orientation is immutable or might not vary to some extent in a person’s life.' Position Statement PS02/2014 April 2014"
"My abuse had occurred at an age of ego formation …. negating my normal sexual evolution as a heterosexual male, to be replaced with a sense of non-being, genderless, neither male nor female. [I] sought in vain to find happiness in gay-affirming society and active gay life over the course of 20 years."
"I do not identify with gay culture, and I don’t want to engage in gay life any more."
"It’s so unfortunate that it took me so long to get this ... therapy. It’s just exactly what I would have loved to have had in my late teens. It would have been the answer to all my questions."