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4/11/19  8:55 pm
Commenter: Brian T McMahon

UNEQUIVOCAL NO TO CONVERSION THERAPY
 

I AM FAMILIAR WITH THE ISSUES UNDER CONSIDERATION HERE.  AS EARLY AS 1999, AS A BOARD MEMBER OF ACA, WE DEBATED THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS PRACTICE AND SENT A STRONG RESOLUTION TO THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO OVERTURN THEIR LAWS ON THIS MATTER.  IT IS EMBARRASING AND REGRETTABLE THAT THIS MATTER WOULD BE BROUGHT BEFORE OUR LEGISLATURE.  SEXUAL ORIENTATION IS NOT A DISEASE, DISORDER, OR CHARACTER FLAW.  IT IS A PERSONAL CHARACTERISTIC, PERIOD.  GAY AND LESBIAN PEOPLE HAVE EXISTED SINCE THE ORIGIN OF OUR SPECIES AND ALL MANNERS OF LIVING ANIMALS.  AS A TAXPAYER FOR 53 YEARS I WOULD STRONGLY OBJECT TO MY TAX REVENUES BEING USED TO TRAIN OR COMPENSATE COUNSELORS FOR A PRACTICE THAT IS NOT COUNSELING, BUT MISGUIDED PERSONAL INTRUSION.

NO, ABSOLUTELY NO, TO THIS IRRESPONSIBLE AND UNPROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY.  LET THOSE WHO ENDORSE THIS FOLLY RECEIVE SOME REPAIRING THEMSELVES.

JUDGE NOT .....

Brian T. McMahon, Ph.D., CRC

Professor, VCU Department of Rehabilitation Counseling

Fellow, American Psychology Association and APA Division of Rehabilitation Psychology

Mary E Switzer Distinguished Research Fellow, NIDILRR 

NCRE  Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation, 2018

VCU, PO Box 980330, Richmond, VA 23298-0330

(804)240-4587 (cell).  Download my research at:

 https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Brian_Mcmahon7

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