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3/20/19  7:53 pm
Commenter: June Keller

Protect kids from conversion “therapy”
 

 

?        Conversion therapy wouldn’t turn a straight person gay, so why in the world would any idiot think that it would turn a gay person straight? It’s just a way for homophobes to hurt people. It should absolutely be illegal. It’s definitely unethical and immoral.

?       This guidance will protect youth from so-called “conversion therapy,” a dangerous and discredited practice aimed at changing their sexual orientation or gender identity.

?        These dangerous and discredited practices are based on the false claim that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) is a mental illness that needs to be cured—a view with no scientific basis.

?        This guidance protects young people from state-licensed therapists in Virginia who falsely claim to parents and youth that being LGBTQ is a mental illness, and therefore taking advantage of parents and harming vulnerable youth.

?        These harmful practices use rejection, shame, and psychological abuse to force young people to try and change who they are.

?        These practices are known to be extremely dangerous and can lead to depression, decreased self-esteem, substance abuse, and even suicide attempts.

?        No young person should ever be shamed by a mental health professional into thinking that who they are is wrong. Mental health professionals should provide care that is ethical and affirming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender young people.

?        We can’t allow one more young person to be targeted and hurt by these dangerous and discredited practices. 

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