Dutch Health Minister Condemns Government Subsidy Of Ex-Gay Therapy

Dutch health minister Edith Schippers spoke out today against Different, a mental health provider that offers ex-gay therapy. Because Different is officially recognized, health insurers are legally required to cover the treatment, but Schippers acknowledged that “homosexuality is not an illness” and subsidies for ex-gay therapy are “not to be tolerated.” Different claims that homosexuality is the result of childhood psychological trauma and boasts a 30 percent success rate at changing people’s orientations.