Ontario’s medical regulator described Dr Melvyn Iscove as having a 'special interest\'' in treating gay patients
13 Marzo 2018 13:15
A psychiatrist in Toronto, Canada who practiced gay ‘cure’ therapy has been found guilty of sexual misconduct.
Ontario’s medical regulator described Dr Melvyn Iscove, 72, as having a ‘special interest’ in treating gay patients during an investigation into his wrongdoing.
The medical committee also found that Iscove engaged in sex acts with patients during therapy sessions and once had sexual intercourse with a male patient in his office.
The allegations date back to the early 2000s, but Iscove denies all of them.
‘Neither complainant described any emotional or romantic aspects of the sexual activity with Dr Iscove, and both said that at some point, they thought that the sexual activity was part of the therapy and an attempt to cure them of homosexuality by engaging in the acts, rather than fantasizing about them,’ the committee’s findings stated.
Iscove’s licence was immediately suspended while a penalty hearing is scheduled, as medical practitioners found to have had sex with a patient automatically lose their licence.
The World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses in 1992, and increased social awareness about LGBTQ issues has largely unravelled the idea that homosexuality can be ‘cured’.
Earlier this month, the European Parliament condemned so-called conversion therapy, advising EU member states to ban it. US Vice President Mike Pence has frequently come under criticism for his ‘previous’ support for therapies which claim to ‘cure’ homosexuality.