Help Ban Conversion Therapy on May 17th!

Take Action to Protect MA Youth in Honor of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Tell the MA House to Ban Conversion Therapy—Call Your Representative on May 17th!


Logo of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and BiphobiaMay 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, also known as #IDAHOBIT or #IDAHOTB. This world-wide event was created to raise awareness and visibility of the violence and discrimination that LGBTQ people face around the globe, and to mobilize people to take action in support of LGBTQ rights and celebrate our identities.

May 17th is also the 14th anniversary of marriage equality here in Massachusetts, the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage.

Although Massachusetts was a pioneer in marriage equality, we're falling behind in protecting our youth against the harms of conversion therapy. 10 states and Washington, DC have already banned these practices, and several other states are on the brink of passing similar laws. It's time to make conversion therapy a thing of the past in Massachusetts, and you can help make it happen!

In honor of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and the anniversary of marriage equality, please do your part to keep young people in Massachusetts safe from the dangerous practice of conversion therapy.

Please call your state Representative on May 17th and ask them to do two things:

  • Contact the Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, and urge him to report favorably on the Conversion Therapy Ban Bill (H.1190) as soon as possible.
  • Contact Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, and ask him to make H.1190 a priority and to bring the bill to a vote during the current legislative session.

If Rep. Sánchez is your state Representative, it's even more important for him to hear from you! Please contact him and ask him to please give this bill a favorable report, and urge him to talk to Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo to ensure that the bill makes it to a vote this session.

Youth marching in a city street holding up the edge of a giant rainbow flagCalling your state Representative is easy and only takes a few minutes. We recommend that you download our call script (Word file) to guide you in making your call.

Need more information about the bill before you make your call? Please download our Conversion Therapy Ban Bill Fact Sheet to learn more about the bill.

After you've made your call, please follow up with your state Representative with a brief thank you email and attach a copy of the Fact Sheet. Then send a brief email to MassEquality about your call and your Representative's response at

Prefer to send an email or mail a letter instead of calling? You can download and use this sample letter (Word file) to write to your state Representative. We encourage you to edit this letter to state your support for the bill in your own words.

Thank you for making your call on May 17th to protect our youth!


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