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Lebanese Psychiatric Society: Homosexuality is not a disease

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Today Lebanon witnessed an important milestone for our healthcare system and for equality among all citizens.

The Lebanese Psychiatric Society just released a statement on Thursday, July 11 2013, declaring the following:


“Homosexuality is not a mental disorder and does not need to be treated.”

“Homosexuality in itself does not cause any defect in judgment, stability, reliability or social and professional abilities.”

“The assumption that homosexuality is a result of disturbances in the family dynamic or unbalanced psychological development is based on wrong information.”

The Lebanese Psychiatric Society announced its strong opposition to Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE).

This comes two months after we released our position statement against Sexual Orientation Change Efforts on May 17 2013.

We would like to thank the Lebanese Psychiatric Society for this essential position statement to clarify the facts, dispel the myths and provide guidance to mental health professionals practicing in Lebanon.

Below is a glimpse of Lebanese media coverage of this statement:

International coverage:

14 Comments

  1. […] no treatment”. This comes one week after the Lebanese Psychiatric Society (LPS) released a similar statement and 2 month after our position statement on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) or what is […]

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  3. […] Lebanese Psychiatric Society (LPS) released their milestone position statement on the issue on July 11 2013 followed by a wide national and international media […]

  4. […] comes few months after the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health, the Lebanese Psychiatric Society and the Lebanese Psychological Association all released statements against Sexual Orientation […]

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  7. […] have both adopted LebMASh’s position statement stating that homosexuality is not a disease. Both LPS and LPA came out strong against SOCE (Sexual Orientation Change Efforts). Only few days ago, a […]

  8. […] and sexual health of all individuals in Lebanon. In 2013, LebMASH played a key role in depathologization of homosexuality in Lebanon and banning the practice of “conversion or reparative […]

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  10. […] Lebanese Psychiatric Society (LPS) released their milestone position statement on the issue on July 11 2013 followed by a wide national and international media […]

  11. […] comes few months after the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health, the Lebanese Psychiatric Society and the Lebanese Psychological Association all released statements against Sexual Orientation […]

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