Back in the beginning of psychology, Sigmund Freud made it clear that he would not and could not change the sexual orientation of one woman’s son. It took quite some time for psychology to fully catch up with what Freud knew- that sexual orientation was not curable. In the early 1970′s, homosexuality was no longer considered a disease. That has not stopped those who hate and despise the LGBT Community from pushing “reparative” therapy- a dangerous form of therapy that claims to ‘cure’ homosexuality, but ultimately hurts those who are pushed into it.
EQCA notes that:
Being lesbian, gay, or bisexual is not a mental illness.
Yet, in California, some licensed mental health providers make dangerous claims they can make a person straight through counseling.
Youth are often subjected to these practices at the insistence of parents, who, however well meaning, don’t know or don’t believe the practice is harmful.
You can help stop this dangerous and damaging practice by taking action today.
Senate Bill 1172, sponsored by Equality California and the National Center for Lesbian Rights and authored by Senator Ted Lieu, will protect gay, lesbian, and bisexual young people from psychological abuse by banning any efforts by licensed mental health providers to change a minor patient’s sexual orientation. If approved, it will be the first law of its kind in the nation.
Tomorrow, the California Senate will likely vote on this important piece of legislation.
Opponents of equality have mobilized in an effort to defeat this bill and it’s critical that members of the Senate hear from Californians like you who support Senate Bill 1172 prior to the floor vote on Wednesday.
It really is time for these therapies to be put out to pasture.