Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
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4/16/19  3:43 pm
Commenter: Hilary Towers

addendum to my first comment

In recognition that reparative therapy concerns SSA, specifically, the principle below still applies. This is not an area in which the State should legislate or impose their values. Leave issues concerning sexual attraction and gender identity (another area of counseling under mounting scrutiny by boards and lawmakers) to individuals and their counselors to navigate. 

(my first comment below)

Neither licensure boards nor the General Assembly has the right to force Virginians to accept one view or another on this matter. Further, the science increasingly suggests children, in particular, are subject to great physical and emotional harm as a result of "gender transforming" surgeries and hormone therapies encouraged by counselors and doctors. 

Let loved ones and their counselors decide the appropriate course of action for those individuals struggling with gender dysphoria. 


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