And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: There Will Be Bills In Both The State House And Senate To Ban Anti-Gay “Conversion Theraphy” For Minors
State Representatives Brian Sims (pictured, right, doing his best Blue Steel) and Gerald Mullery (of Luzerne County) announced their plan today to “introduce a bipartisan bill to protect Pennsylvania children by banning mental health providers from engaging in anti-gay ‘conversion therapy’ for minors.” State Senator Anthony H. Williams also introduced a similar bill recently in the senate.
Sims, at a press conference today, said:
“Just last month, New Jersey’s Republican governor and Democratic legislature worked together to ban this practice. The governor there cited ‘a litany of potential ill effects of trying to change sexual orientation, including depression and suicide.’ California has also passed a similar law. Pennsylvania children deserve the same protection.
It’s been 40 years since the American Psychological Association excluded homosexuality from being classified as a mental disorder, and the APA has published studies showing that patients younger than 18 suffer from a multitude of harmful effects associated with this so-called therapy, including withdrawal and suicidal thoughts. It’s time to protect Pennsylvania children from this quackery that can inflict years of harm for those who manage to survive it.”
Monique Walker, doctoral candidate at Drexel University and Counseling Services Coordinator at the Attic Youth Center in Philadelphia was on hand as well, and said “In my experience, there is oftentimes a deeply rooted connection to religious fundamentalism that underscores the thought processes of many advocates of so-called ‘conversion therapy,’ which highlights the need for clinicians to take a hard look at their own biases and motivations for practicing under the auspices of good clinical practice and ignoring the ethical issues and very real consequences of these methods.”
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