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Massachusetts Protects LGBTQ Kids

By Charlotte Robinson, April 05, 2019
The Massachusetts House & Senate have both voted to ban Anti-LGBTQ Conversion Therapy & the bill has been sent to Governor Baker to sign into law, which will make the Commonwealth the 16th state to do so. Arline Isaacson, Co-Chair of the Coalition to Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors stated, “We are deeply grateful for the support of Speaker DeLeo & Senate President Spilka. Passage of this legislation will protect LGBTQ youth in Massachusetts from undergoing fraudulent & harmful medical treatments. Special thanks to Rep. Kay Khan & Sen. Julian Cyr for their extra efforts to get this bill passed in the version we most need. The legislature did a great service today to LGBTQ youth in Massachusetts. By protecting young people from undergoing the fraudulent & harmful treatments of forced Conversion Therapy, legislators showed their commitment to protecting kids from techniques that often lead to depression, despair, substance abuse & suicide. We urge Governor Baker to sign this important legislation.” Deborah Shields, JD, MPH MassEquality’s Executive Director concluded, “Massachusetts has an established history of standing up for fairness & equality & of protecting & supporting LGBTQ youth. MassEquality urges Governor Baker to sign this bill into law as soon as possible to protect the Commonwealth’s young people from this harmful & discredited practice.” The states already banning conversion therapy include California, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, Connecticut, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Washington, Maryland, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New York, Delaware & the District of Columbia & Puerto Rico.
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