Minnesota Democratic state lawmakers are planning to introduce a bill that would outlaw so-call “ex-gay” or “reparative” therapies. SOCE, or sexual orientation change efforts for children have been banned in California and New Jersey.
Rep. Karen Clark, who, along with Senator Scott Dibble, are credited with helping pass same-sex marriage in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, will likely team up again to protect the state’s most vulnerable from “therapy” that has been deemed ineffective and harmful by most every major medical association.
Clark’s website says she is “the longest-serving openly Lesbian State Legislator in the U.S.”
“These therapies are premised on a falsehood… We all know that you can’t change people,” Dibble told City Pages this year.
“Clark’s bill was drafted with the help of Alec Fischer, a young Minneapolis resident who authored a Change.org petition calling on legislators to “protect children from dangerous anti-gay conversion therapy,” City Pages reports.
His petition has been signed by more than 75,000 people as of this morning.
In the petition, Fischer tells his story. Here’s an excerpt:
Growing up as a gay male in Minnesota I have experienced many forms of discrimination due to my sexual orientation. I was bullied horrifically in middle school for being perceived as gay, and like many people who experience bullying, the problem got so bad that I attempted suicide.
Thankfully, when I got to high school, I was fortunate enough to come out to peers and family members who loved and accepted me for who I was. But we know this is not the case for many other youth who identify as LGBT in our state and across the country. That’s why I want my state to take a stand for LGBT youth, and ban “ex-gay” conversion therapy.
Gay conversion therapy is a discredited practice in which youth are subjected to psychologically damaging “treatment” by psychologists and counselors who falsely claim they can “fix” the sexual orientation of children who identify as being LGBT.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and every leading medical organization condemns conversion therapy. The APA claims it can lead to depression and suicidal thoughts among those who experience it.
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Image via Karen Clark’s Facebook page
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