From the U.S.-based Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists:

The Austrian Society of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (OEGPP) is a sponsor of an upcoming conference, “Religiosity in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy,” to be held this October in Graz, Austria. Markus Hoffmann, a German conversion therapist who leads an evangelical group that attempts to convert gays and lesbians into heterosexuals, had been invited to speak.

AGLP President, Ubaldo Leli, M.D., wrote the OEGPP in August: “Conversion therapy of gay and lesbian people is unscientific, harmful, and unethical… By inviting these speakers to your conference, you are granting scientific legitimacy to a discredited therapy that not only continues to pathologize gay people, but is based on the erroneous assumption that homosexuality is a mental illness and that gay men and lesbians can and should change their sexual orientation.”

After receiving letters from AGLP, its members, and local Austrian groups, OEGPP’s Vice President, Dr. Christoph Stuppaeck, requested to the organizers that Hoffman’s invitation to speak be withdrawn. Three days later, the organizers announced that Hoffmann had withdrawn from the conference.

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