Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
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4/10/19  10:25 am
Commenter: Patrick J White

Allow those in the LGBTQ community to seek the help they desire

The state does not have the right to suppress the rights of individuals within the LGBTQ commnuity from seeking counseling, if they so desire.  Thousands of individuals have found relief and freedom from unwanted same sex attraction, gender dysphoria, etc.  If an individual wants to seek assistance within the counseling community, who are you to deny them?  In addition, many within the LGBTQ community battle depression and anxiety.  Why are you making them Second Class citizens unworthy of receiving counseling?  Is the state saying that these individuals do not have the mental capacity to make such decisions for themselves?  The proposed legislation oppresses: 1) the rights of licensed counselors to practise their trade, and 2) the human rights and diginity of those within the LGBTQ community to seek counseling, if they wish. 

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