Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
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4/3/19  7:00 pm
Commenter: Zachary Whitten, Virginia Commonwealth University

End Conversion Therapy

I wholeheartedly support guidance document: 115-10 and wish for it to be enacted. As noted in the document, conversion therapy "does not work, can cause harm, and violates [The ACA's] Code of Ethics". For this reason alone, conversion therapy should be prohibited in Virginia. But moreover, conversion therapy is a disgusting practice which seeks to invalidate the LBGTQ+ community. As noted in 115-10, "The ACA Ethics Committee states that counselors who conduct this type of therapy view same-sex attractions and behaviors as abnormal and unnatural and, therefore, in need of 'curing'". I see no way Virginia can proclaim itself an inclusive commonwealth,  can hold "Virginia is for Lovers" as a motto without burning hypocrisy, if it allows such a horrifying and undignified practice to be allowed. For upholding basic human dignity, I respectfully implore you to enact guidance document: 115-10.

Zachary Whitten

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