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Calif. congresswoman reintroduces resolution targeting reparative therapy

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Wednesday reintroduced a resolution asking the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage states to take steps to prevent minors from being harmed by controversial and discredited gay-to-straight conversion therapy.

U.S. Rep.Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)

U.S. Rep.Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)

When first introduced last year, the Stop Harming Our Kids (SHOK) resolution was the first federal action taken to end the discredited sexual orientation change therapy — often referred to as “reparative therapy.”

The practice is now banned in California and New Jersey.

Since then, state legislatures in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Wisconsin, and Ohio are currently considering similar measures, and a similar bill is expected to be introduced in Minnesota in 2014.

“These practices have been rejected by every mainstream mental health association as neither safe nor effective,” said Speier, in a statement. “These efforts frequently increase family rejection, which we know make LGBT youth 8.4 times more likely than straight youth to report attempting suicide, 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression, and 3.4 times more likely to use illegal drugs.”

The American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy have all issued cautionary statements opposing sexual orientation change efforts.

An August 2009 report by the American Psychological Association Task Force on “Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation,” stated that “efforts to change someone’s sexual orientation are unlikely to be successful and involve major risks of harm to an individual both mentally and physically, contrary to the claims from professionals who subscribe to the practice.”

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“Efforts to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity pose critical health risks, including depression, shame, and self-harm.” said Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director of Lambda Legal in a statement to LGBTQ Nation.

“For minors, who are often subjected to these practices at the insistence of parents who don’t know or don’t believe that the efforts are harmful, the risks of long-term mental and physical health consequences are particularly severe,” said Gorenberg.

“In addition, when these efforts ‘fail,’ many LGBTQ children are kicked out of their homes,” she said.

According to Speier’s office, the resolution has 15 House co-sponsors.

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33 more reader comments:

  1. Love her!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:09am
  2. Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:14am
  3. She needs a frontal lobotomy.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:27am
  4. So you are for reparitive therapy?

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:36am
  5. with all the gop people screaming over mis managed spending, this has got to be on the top of the ‘not worth a crap’ list of bad ideas.

    Maybe after those GOP’ers vote on this sort of thing again, they can try having sex with someone of the same gender just to see how ‘easy’ it is to change(not including the closet GOP’ers of which has been demonstrated, there are more than their share) then, to celebrate, they can all have drug tests to demonstrate just how easy it is to fail them …

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:34am
  6. Let’s hope she successful! This “therapy” needs to be done away with once & for all.
    Kate Rickson does this mean you support reparative therapy?

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:36am
  7. Ballantyne April, are you pro reparative therapy?

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:38am
  8. WTF!!! Really! ! Another elected offical that should be voted out

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:39am
  9. Another person commenting before reading an article!

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:07am
  10. Read the article people………..she’s trying to make reparative therapy illegal!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:43am
  11. It should be.

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:37am
  12. okay, I got steamed for a minute :)

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:20am
  13. Elizabeth Eldridge you must support reparative therapy.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:44am
  14. No. Justin Belsley. I am not.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:51am
  15. She is an ass. You are born gay. Period!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:52am
  16. Kate Rickson, she is against reparative therapy.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:01am
  17. Get the APA, NSWA, etc. to penalize their professionals who practice this abomination (reparative), and then have the state yank their licenses based on that.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:10am
  18. Kate Rickson I suggest you actually read the article before commenting!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:14am
  19. Illadvised woman. Couldn’t someone closer by go and educate her.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:16am
  20. I believe it is you that needs education, sir. She is firmly against it and I am proud to have voted for her.

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 4:02am
  21. You can't expect people to actually read an entire article nowadays.. or even a headline correctly.

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:08am
  22. make it happen!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:26am
  23. Reparative therapy is a hoax; sexual orientation is genetic.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:04am
  24. This is desperately needed in Utah.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:31am
  25. either way,he’s ugly..

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 4:54am
  26. Cindy Murphy yes please forgive me for doing a quick scan read. Its hard being perfect like you

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:37am
  27. I guess I read the article wrong she should be supported my apologies I just hate homophobes !

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 9:40am
  28. awesome Go Rep.Jackie!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 9:54am
  29. You go girl!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:25pm
  30. Holy crap! I read a similar article earlier, but it was someone else that was for repairative therapy. I responded to the wrong one! No wonder I was questioned on my response. Big oopsie! So, my response is, Good for her! At least there is someone in politics that is intelligent! Sorry about the screw-up..It’s hell getting old. : P as for your response, José G Jose G. Ahumada, I don’t care who you were responding to. ..people make honest mistakes, you don’t have to be ugly about it!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:54pm
  31. That goes for other people with the huffy responses. I did read the article and a few others. In error and haste, I chose the wrong article. I thought it was the one about Michele Bachman. So forgive me for being human, I am obviously not as superior as you. If you want to point out an error, you can at least put it like Tyler Harvey did. He pointed out my error and that was it.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:02pm
  32. Why do they call it “reparative” therapy when it only damages? How about sexual conformist therapy as it seeks to help the individual conform from their sexual norm to that of the majority population?

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:02pm
  33. Yay !!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:17pm