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Bill prohibiting ‘ex-gay’ therapy for minors called ‘fascism, ex-gay bashing’

Monday, August 13, 2012

REEDVILLE, Va. — A new bill making its way through the California state legislature that would ban “ex-gayreparative therapy for minors, has been called “fascism and ex-gay bashing” by the head of an “ex-gay” advocacy group.

Regina Griggs, Executive Director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), in a scathing letter to California State Senator Ted Lieu, said, “Your bill will turn California into a nanny state by usurping the civil rights of parents who support their child’s right to receive therapy for unwanted same-sex attractions, especially when that child has been sexually molested. This smacks of fascism and ex-gay bashing.”

State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance, Calif.)

Lieu, a Democrat, is the principal sponsor of legislation, SB 1172, which would prohibit reparative therapy for minors.

When he introduced the measure, Lieu said, “The entire medical community is opposed to these phony therapies. Everyone agrees that this quackery needs to stop.”

Lieu, whose district includes portions of Long Beach, Los Angeles and San Pedro, said he introduced his bill to protect LGBT youth from the practice, because “being lesbian or gay or bisexual is not a disease or mental disorder for the same reason that being a heterosexual is not a disease or a mental disorder. And the medical community is unanimous in stating that homosexuality is not a medical condition.”

Known as reorientation, reparative, conversion and ex-gay therapy, the practice attempts to change a subject’s sexual orientation — Griggs asserts that banning the therapy woud be more harmful to children.

“You endanger youth by denying their right to receive therapeutic help, promoting homosexual behavior to sexually confused youth, and conveniently ignoring the facts about the psychological and physical health risks of sodomy,” Griggs wrote.

“By your comments, it appears you lack credible knowledge about changeable sexual preference and that you have obtained biased information without consulting the ex-gay community.”

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“Talk about harm to children! Why do you want to prevent youth from receiving counseling for unwanted same-sex attractions when those attractions can kill them?”

Following the declassification of homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1973, the mainstream practice of “ex-gay” therapy began to fade.

According to the American Psychological Association, therapists “became increasingly concerned that aversive therapies designed as SOCE (Sexual Orientation Change Efforts) for homosexuality were inappropriate, unethical, and inhumane” and study after study showed that enduring change was uncommon.

In 2007, an APA task force report on the issue observed, “The visibility of SOCE has increased in the last decade. … From our survey of recent publications and research, most SOCE currently seem directed to those holding conservative religious and political beliefs, and recent research on SOCE includes almost exclusively individuals who have strong religious beliefs.”

SB 1172 is awaiting approval in the Assembly, and if signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, the bill would make California the first state in the U.S. with a law restricting the therapy.

Lieu’s office offered no comment on the letter when contacted by LGBTQ Nation.

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16 more reader comments:

  1. Ex-gay bashing? Wtf!?

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 8:03pm
  2. LOL

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 8:03pm
  3. It should read, “Bill prohibiting child abuse.” Let’s see how much they bitch, then.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 8:05pm
  4. Good thing these folks don’t control what the majority believes (ie ex-gay has been debunked) or we might not know the world is round!

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 8:05pm
  5. Yay for fascism!

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 8:07pm
  6. … Okay I think I get it. Basically kids can’t go into therapy because they saw two guys kissing?

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 8:08pm
  7. ex-gay therapy is bad and harmful simple as that

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 8:15pm
  8. If I understand this correctly-they are trying to outlaw the –pray way the gay therapy– some groups use to try and turn gay people straight…

    Certain antigay folks are crying foul saying, that outlawing pray away the gay therapy or Reparative therapy, “…endangers youth by denying their right to receive therapeutic help, promoting homosexual behavior to sexually confused youth, and conveniently ignoring the facts about the psychological and physical health risks of sodomy,”

    Everyone else is saying cut the bs. Being gay is NOT a mental disorder and you can not pray being gay away.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 8:18pm
  9. the woman who thinks it should stay is obviously an idiot

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 8:20pm
  10. There are all types of therapies that have been discontinued due to damage to the patient. This literally causes DEATH and they’re complaining about changing it? Go to a pastor or priest if you want advice that tells you that God wants you to change or else. That’s still an option. But going to a therapist for that is unethical and should be stopped.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 8:28pm
  11. Wait how does being gay cause death???? That’s what I don’t get.

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 8:42pm
  12. They need to pass legislation outlawing forceful religious education (therapies…..Ha!)!

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 9:58pm
  13. ‘Fascism’ is extreme Right Wing propaganda; the haters are on the right

    Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 11:05pm
  14. Another idiot who doesn’t know what fascism is. Figures Evangelicals would use it in that sense. Oh, the irony!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 2:37am
  15. Don’t try to change them. They are who they are and always will be. If you would work as hard to accept them as you do to change them, the world would be a much better place. Set your sight on love and not hate.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 5:57am
  16. “…parents who support their child’s right to receive therapy for unwanted same-sex attractions, especially when that child has been sexually molested.” If the child has been sexually molested, that’s a different thing entirely. Lets get them the right kind of therapy… smh

    Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 8:22am