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3/20/19  9:41 am
Commenter: Alexsis Rodgers, Virginia Young Democrats

Ban Conversion Therapy in Virginia

I am writing to support restrictions - and an outright ban - on sexual orientation conversion therapy in the Commonwealth. 
Conversion therapy is opposed by most major professional health and mental health
organizations. In fact, scientific research has found that sexual orientation change efforts are
detrimental to personal and public health.
Research from the University of San Francisco found that young people who experience "shame" because of their sexual orientation were:

  • 8 times more likely to attempt suicide
  • 6 times more likely to report high levels of depression
  • 3 times more likely to use illegal drugs

Minors deserve special protections from abuse and other negative actions that put them at long­term risk of endangering themselves or others. Hence, the scientific evidence is clear that conversion therapy should be banned on minors.

I serve as President of Virginia Young Democrats and our organization has long advocated for a ban on this harmful practice through the leglislative process. We are hopeful that this important public health issue will now be addressed through the regulatory process. 

Thank you. 


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