Banning So-called “Conversion Therapy” in MA
The conversion therapy ban bill, An Act Relative to Abusive Practices to Change Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Minors (House Bill H.1190 and Senate Bill S.62) had a public hearing in the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities on June 6, 2017.
Read testimony in support of the ban from GLAD Senior Attorney Ben Klein.
Everyone from the American Psychiatric Association to the American Academy of Pediatrics agrees that seeking to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity is not only ineffective, but dangerous.
Efforts are underway across the country to end the discredited practice. California, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois, New York, and Washington D.C. have passed laws preventing the use of conversion therapy with minors. In 2016, Vermont became the first state in New England to do the same.
GLAD is part of the coalition working to make Massachusetts the next state to protect LGBTQ youth from this harmful practice and send them a message that they are perfectly okay.