Position Statement of the Taiwanese Society of Psychiatry: Supporting Equal Rights and Marriage Equality of People with Diverse Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities
The World Health Organization (WHO) and World Psychiatric Association (WPA) have repeatedly emphasized that evidence from modern medicine has shown that non-heterosexual orientations and behaviors, variant gender identities, and related couple relationships are all normal expressions of the diversity in human development. They are neither psychiatric disorders nor deficits of personality development. Same-sex sexual orientation per se does not imply or result in any mental dysfunction. So far there is insufficient evidence to show that sexual orientation is a personal “choice”, or a result of specific nurturing experiences or environmental factors. There are no grounds for “treating” a person’s non-heterosexual orientation – none of the attempts to alter one’s sexual orientation are supported by scientific evidence.
Studies have shown that the rate of psychiatric disorders in LGBTQI people drops once their rights have been protected and their equality achieved. Studies have also confirmed that when same-sex marriage is permitted by law and marriage-related rights are safeguarded, the health of LGBTQI people can be significantly improved, while their psychological sufferings can be effectively reduced. Children raised by same-sex parents do not differ from those raised by opposite-sex parents in terms of development, adaptation and overall wellbeing. There is no evidence showing that these children’s sexual orientation or gender identity will be influenced by their parents’ sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Taiwanese Society of Psychiatry supports the Taiwanese Government to provide legal and social recognition of equal rights of people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, including equal rights to medical care, protection against bullying and discrimination, and full legal recognition of marriage. The Taiwanese Society of Psychiatry also supports full legal recognition of the rights and duties for couples with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities to give birth to, adopt, raise, and co-parent children – this will provide crucial protection and support for the children in the family.
- 2017/01/26 | 點閱率：636