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CA Senate To Vote On Banning Reparative Therapy Tomorrow

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.

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5 Responses to CA Senate To Vote On Banning Reparative Therapy Tomorrow

  1. Bob

    May 29, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Just to clarify, I am all for any sexual orientation and gender identification that an individual chooses to express. In regards to the article, I find it reprehensible that “reparative therapy” tries to fix what, in my mind, is not even broken. I can see the merits of therapy as it pertains to coming to grips with sexual and gender expressions that don’t conform to the current “mainstream” norms, and learning to accept your own self.
    What rubbed me wrong in Lisa’s comment was what I saw as her suggestion that those who don’t embrace other sexual and gender expressions as candidates for a listing in the DSM. Let’s face it. Humans, for the most part, are a pretty shallow and selfish lot. We can get fired up about causes that affect us directly, while others don’t even ping our radar.
    I do think that education is key for those who Lisa would give a classification to in the DSM. One thing that personally confuses me is the whole “LGBTAQUI…” nomenclature. I guess I haven’t kept up well enough because I don’t know what all these labels are for. It’s obvious that our language is inadequate in covering all the various nuances of expression (I’m all for a gender neutral pronoun being added to the lexicon). Maybe we should dump the alphabet soup and call ourselves one of “The Myriad” – those whose sexual orientation and gender identity don’t fit that “mainstream” box. Then, we can express ourselves as we see fit, and not give a flying canary what others may sneer or look down at.
    Lisa, I am sorry if your experiences with others of non-mainstream expressions (others of the Myriad) have been less than embracing, but I have found that a simple mantra (while easy to say, takes time to really settle in) works for me. I just say “FK ‘em” and carry on. Best wishes.

  2. Bridgette P. LaVictoire

    May 29, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Please keep all discourse respectful.

    Additionally, I recently changed the name of this news category to be more inclusive since I, and many others inside our Community, do not reflect the LGB or T. There are a lot of A’s, Q’s, U’s, and I’s out there.

    Lisa- I think that there is a need for therapists to understand and keep in mind that there are issues surrounding being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, et al, but that is taken care of in training and should be separate from the DSM.

    Bob- Lisa has a point in that there are many aspects of sexual orientation which are also related to gender identity. This is part of why many lesbians and gays can be insensitive and have issues with trans people, especially lesbian and gay trans people.

    I suspect that both of you were kind of talking past each other. You both made good points, and I understood what you were both saying.

  3. Bob

    May 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Most same sex attracted people you’ve met suffer from severe gender sensitivity issues?? And have an issue being sympathetic toward Transsexuals? Is there a requirement to be sympathetic toward anyone? Do you wear your transsexualism on your sleeve? Maybe some folk just don’t care and don’t want to jump on your – or any – band wagon.

    • Lisa McDonald

      May 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Well Bob I think if your going to fly a T at the end of your LGB then hell yeah there should be mutual respect and a certain amount of sympathy. Otherwise its just a bad joke oh wait isn’t that what the lgbt already is?

  4. Lisa McDonald

    May 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I personally believe it is a huge mistake not having certain issues that revolve around same sex attraction in the DSM. What I’m talking about isn’t the same sex attraction its some of the unhealthy actions and socially caused anxiety or unhealthy feelings. I honestly believe most same sex attracted people I’ve met suffer from severe gender sensitivity issues and that is why I believe that many have an issue being sympathetic towards Transsexuals and some are outright hostile towards us.