Friday, April 20, 2018

Win Against Conversion Therapy

The New Hampshire State Senate has passed HB 587 which is legislation protecting LGBTQ youth in the state from the dangerous & debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” This was a joint effort between HRC, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Hampshire, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) & GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) to help pass this measure. The bill now moves to conference committee before it can advance to Governor Chris Sununu’s desk for his signature. Xavier Persad HRC Legislative Counsel stated, “No child should be put through the dangerous & inhumane practice of conversion therapy. This abusive practice has no basis in science & is uniformly rejected by every major mental health organization in the country. It is time for New Hampshire to join the growing number of states enacting laws to protect LGBTQ youth from so-called conversion therapy. We urge state legislators to quickly send the bill to Governor Sununu’s desk.” New Hampshire will join Connecticut, California, Nevada, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island & Washington who all have laws or regulations protecting youth from this abusive practice. Conversion Therapy is condemned by every major medical & mental health organization, including the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association & American Medical Association. According to a recent report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, an estimated 20,000 LGBTQ minors in states without protections will be subjected to conversion therapy by a licensed healthcare professional if state officials fail to act.
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