Help Keep LGBTQ Youth Safe from Conversion Therapy in MA

Conversion Therapy Ban Bill Gets First Hearing on June 6thMassachusetts State House
Tomorrow, June 6th at 1:00 pm, there will be a hearing on SB 62/HB 1190, An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors, also known as the Conversion Therapy Ban Bill. The hearing will take place before the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.

There is still time to submit written testimony in favor of the bill, which would ban licensed mental health professionals from engaging in practices designed to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a minor. If you wish to submit testimony at the hearing, please contact Deborah Shields, MassEquality's executive director. She can answer any questions you may have about the bill or the hearing and provide help in drafting your testimony.

To date, 18 U.S. cities and 9 states plus Washington, D.C. have passed laws banning the use of conversion therapy on minors, and more states have filed such legislation this year. Here in New England, Vermont and Connecticut have already passed such laws, and Rhode Island's Conversion Therapy Ban Bill recently passed unanimously in the House of Representatives.

Massachusetts, which has an established history of standing up for fairness and equality, and of protecting and supporting LGBTQ youth, has an opportunity to join its neighbors and other states across the country in banning this ineffective, harmful and unethical practice. Conversion therapy has been widely condemned by national mental health, education, interfaith and advocacy organizations, and the New Jersey Superior Court has found that claims about the effectiveness of conversion therapy in changing a person's sexual orientation or gender identity are fraudulent. It's time to make sure Massachusetts youth will no longer be subjected to this dangerous and discredited practice!

 

Person wearing a decorated denim jacket with the words "BORN THIS WAY" and a silhouette of a unicorn on the back. People standing in the background hold rainbow flags.Support the Conversion Therapy Ban Bill — Contact Your Legislators Today!

You can do your part to keep LGBTQ youth in Massachusetts safe from conversion therapy by contacting your state legislators and asking them to support SB 62/HB 1190, An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors, sponsored by Rep. Kay Khan and Sen. Mark Montigny.

Don't know who your state legislators are? Visit www.wheredoivotema.com and enter your street address to find their names and contact information. Then call your Senator and Representative and ask them to support the Conversion Therapy Ban Bill when it comes up for debate and a vote.

Thank you for joining us in this work to help ensure the safety and well-being of LGBTQ youth!

[Photo Credits: MA State House by Mark Williams; Born This Way image by Levi Saunders]

 


Red rectangular button with the words "Donate Now" in white letteringPlease help us continue our work in support of LGBTQ youth! If you cannot attend or submit testimony at tomorrow's hearing, please consider making a gift to MassEquality today to support our work. We are proud to serve on the MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth, and to advocate for legislation and state funding in support of LGBTQ youth and youth programs.

Thank you for your generous support!


 

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