|Posted:||January 16, 2021 05:56 AM|
|From:||Representative Brian Sims and Rep. Jessica Benham|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Protection of Minors from Conversion Therapy|
|Conversion therapy is a dangerous and discredited practice aimed at changing an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
The practice of conversion therapy, which many refer to as conversion abuse, is strongly opposed by the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychoanalytic Association, American Psychological Association, National Association of Social Workers, Pan American Health Organization, and the World Psychiatric Association. Approximately 698,000 LGBTQ adults in the United States have reported receiving conversion therapy, including at least 350,000 LGBTQ individuals who received treatment as minors. This abusive practice is correlated with depression, trauma, and suicide in patients. In an effort to prevent further harm to LGBTQ youth, 20 states and the District of Columbia have banned health care professionals from using this treatment on minors.
It is crucial that Pennsylvania join the many other states that have taken action to protect the physical and psychological well-being of LGBTQ minors. My bill, the Protection of Minors from Conversion Therapy Act, seeks to address harms associated with conversion therapy by prohibiting a mental health professional from engaging in this archaic treatment with an individual under the age of 18.
Please join me in protecting Pennsylvania’s youth from this incredibly harmful and widely discredited practice.
Introduced as HB729