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3/19/19  11:48 am
Commenter: Audrey Stout, RN, RDMS

Protect free speech and conscience rights of counselors

Do protect and not punish the conscience and free speech rights of counselors in Virginia. No one should be forced to promote practices which violate their conscience, and be able to help anyone who does NOT want same sex attractions and gender dysphoria. Those with gender dysphoria should be provided with counseling which affirms thier biological gender and obtain help when desired to do so without the counselor being punished. 

I believe you have misnamed what should be accurately called "Biological Affirmation Counseling" as Conversion Therapy. Studies have shown sex change has not produced the desired effects for many, and led to more pain and depression. Numerous physicians involved in early sex change efforts have disavowed it of late.

Again, I urge you to the reject the statements of the Guidance Documents RE: Conversion Therapy, claiming it can harm minors or others, as it wrongly portrays therapy to affirm biology. Please rotect counselors and vulnerable youth.

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