an increasing number of respected psychological associations worldwide denounce “therapies” aimed at “changing” an individual’s sexual orientation. one of their reasons: sexual orientation is not able to be changed. practices developed to achieve “change” normally involve an element of disgust toward anything outside heteronormativity. due to such an extreme bias, the “therapy” is tainted, placing it permanently outside professional therapeutic standards.
I remember swimming in my aunt's above ground pool as a child - I swam around the edge because the middle was deep, unknown, and unsafe. or so I thought. the pool was safe, its bottom even all the way across - but that did not change that it was unknown. I disregarded my experience in pools with deep ends, in lakes, in the ocean; this pool's middle was unsafe because I had not explored it.
nobody needs to tell the Parkland survivors that their frustrations will remain and grow if no action is taken, if nothing in their country changes. the frustration will remain five, ten, fifteen years down the road, and longer. just like frustration does for the survivors of Las Vegas, Orlando, Sandy Hook, Columbine. for the loved ones of gun-related deaths that do not get widespread news coverage. for anyone who has ever known someone who has died because of guns.