The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality condemns the growing trend in some parts of the world aimed at terrorizing gay youth and homosexual adults. Media accounts of these neo-Nazi type efforts to harass, intimidate and even physically assault gays whether on-line or in personal confrontations are disturbing.
We call upon local and national governmental agencies to protect sexual minority groups from violence and hatred and to prosecute those who would continue this inexcusable and immoral behavior.
Individuals should be protected in their right to self identify as homosexual without fear of persecution. At the same time, individuals who experience unwanted homosexual attractions should also be protected in their right to voluntarily seek assistance to manage or overcome those attractions. The right to indicate our sexual or personal identity and to choose how to respond to our sexual attractions should be a universal human right.