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3:27 pm - 04/29/2012
California Bill Would Protect Patients From Harmful Ex-Gay Therapy

A California Senate committee today advanced SB 1172, a bill that would help protect citizens from harmful, ineffective ex-gay therapy. The law does not outright ban all ex-gay therapy, but it does prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from undergoing sexual orientation change efforts. It also requires that any prospective patient sign an informed consent form that includes the following disclaimer:

Having a lesbian, gay, or bisexual sexual orientation is not a mental disorder. There is no scientific evidence that any types of therapies are effective in changing a person’s sexual orientation. Sexual orientation change efforts can be harmful. The risks include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior.

Medical and mental health associations that oppose the use of sexual orientation change efforts include the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Counseling Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


This is model legislation that applies scientific knowledge to the benefit of the general welfare. Ex-gay therapy has been debunked repeatedly and deserves the marginalization that this bill would implement.

Of course, groups that promote ex-gay therapy insist that the evidence supports their traumatic practices, but it’s an empty claim. One of the witnesses at today’s hearing speaking on behalf of NARTH (National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality) cited two studies that have been debunked and disavowed. The intention behind the therapy, as essentially admitted in NARTH’s alert email today, is to simply reinforce religious bias against homosexuality. (The same email also mistakenly described the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Ted Lieu (D), as openly gay, in an apparent attempt to further bias the group’s followers.) SB 1172 is an important step forward to protect gay youth and limit the dangerous impact of such stigma.

As a native Californian, totes glad to see our Legislature pushing this. Hopefully it gets passed.
thenakedcat 30th-Apr-2012 01:23 am (UTC)
After all the complete BULLSHIT conservatives have heaped onto abortion procedures in the name of "informed medical consent", IT IS REALLY FUCKING NICE TO SEE IT BE USED CORRECTLY FOR A CHANGE.
teacoat 30th-Apr-2012 01:55 am (UTC)
Wow, are conservatives really still trying to discredit their opponents by "accidentally" calling them gay? At the VERY least I thought we'd moved past that. :/
kittymink 30th-Apr-2012 04:49 am (UTC)
You're asking conservatives to grow up? Really?
littlelauren86 30th-Apr-2012 02:19 am (UTC)
love the disclaimer.
roseofjuly 30th-Apr-2012 02:58 am (UTC)
Medical and mental health associations that oppose the use of sexual orientation change efforts include the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Counseling Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

You mean every professional organization of mental health professionals ever? IMAGINE THAT
kittymink 30th-Apr-2012 04:49 am (UTC)
haha yes.
tabaqui 30th-Apr-2012 03:37 am (UTC)
Excellent.
spiffynamehere 30th-Apr-2012 04:25 am (UTC)
Aw yeah.
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sparkindarkness 30th-Apr-2012 10:01 am (UTC)
I dion't think it'll help many, but at very least it will force the bigots that run these organisations to print up forms that basically say "we're worthless and harmful". I'd prefer a blanket ban as well as ensuring that any medical professional who gets anywhere near these places loses their credentials and qualifications - but this is something at least

If nothing else, just because I can picture the look on their faces every time they print off a form
thelilyqueen 30th-Apr-2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
I don't think the disclaimer will help many either, but a) it's the truth and b) it can't hurt. If even just 1%, say, decide to look into why all those groups have rejected this form of 'therapy' and start the process of accepting their orientation that's not nothing.
kittymink 30th-Apr-2012 04:50 am (UTC)
go California!
romp 30th-Apr-2012 05:05 am (UTC)
+1
ladypolitik 30th-Apr-2012 06:00 am (UTC)
It's fitting that the phonetic uttering of that "NARTH" acronym sounds like a something straight out of Pinky and the Brain.
astridmyrna 30th-Apr-2012 09:06 am (UTC)
Yay! :D
sparkindarkness 30th-Apr-2012 09:59 am (UTC)
Good. Ex-gay therapy is abuse - it shouldn't be allowed at all, but it certainly shouldn't be inflicted on children
crossfire 30th-Apr-2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
I approve of this law.
makemerun 1st-May-2012 01:23 am (UTC)
AWESOME. :D
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