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3/19/19  8:20 pm
Commenter: Jim Best, Floyd PFLAG

no license for fraud

The premise for conversion therapy is based on wishful thinking and the completely unsubstantiated assumption that sexual orientation and gender identity is a choice.   Professionals licensed by a state board cannot justify intervention based on religious beliefs or to reinforce a client’s “desire to change.“  Freedom of religion has nothing to do with ethical evidence-based professional practice.  Requiring treatment based on evidence-based practice is not censorship. All major national  professional organizations who serve youth reinforce this abundantly clear position.  All of the national once popular conversion therapy organizations have apologized and closed their doors or been sued out of business.   For any therapist to claim that they can reverse sexual orientation or gender identity is blatant fraud.  Continuing to support such therapists will entangle licensure agencies in this abuse.

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