MassEquality News (March 7, 2019)

MassEquality News

March 7, 2019


Conversion Therapy Ban Bill Approved by Committee

A group of young people walk down a city street while holding up the edge of a large rainbow flag

H.140 now moves on to the House for a vote

On Tuesday, March 5th, the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities voted to report favorably on the Conversion Therapy Ban bill (H.140), also known as An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors.

The hearing room was packed, with supporters far outnumbering opponents of the bill. The committee heard powerful testimony from fellow lawmakers, LGBTQ youth, conversion therapy survivors and their partners, parents, clergy and allies as well as from opponents.

Following several hours of emotional testimony, the committee convened and voted to issue a favorable report on the bill. The Conversion Therapy Ban bill will now move to the House of Representatives. The bill passed in the House last session in a 137 to 14 vote, and we are optimistic that the bill will pass again this session by a similar margin. The bill has 116 co-sponsors in the House and Senate, indicating strong, bipartisan support.

MassEquality thanks Committee Chairs Rep. Kay Khan, Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and the members of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, as well as the many legislators who attended the hearing and testified in support of the bill. We also thank our coalition partners and our supporters who turned out in strong numbers, and everyone who bravely and eloquently shared their stories in support of this important bill.


Contact Your State Representative Today!Photo of African American woman using a cell phone

As the Conversion Therapy Ban bill progresses towards a vote, your state Representative needs to hear from you in support of this bill. Your voice can make a difference!

Please call or write to your state Representative to let them know that Massachusetts youth need H.140 to pass, and ask them to support the bill when it comes up for a vote.

If you don't know who your state Representative is, you can find out at and enter your street address to find their name and contact information. Then call or email your Representative's office and ask them to support the Conversion Therapy Ban bill.

Thank you for taking action to protect our youth from the harm of conversion therapy!

[Photo credits: Mark Williams; Ehimetalor Unuabona on Unsplash]


Beacons of Light: The 2019 Icon Awards Dinner and Ceremony, April 25, 2019

You Don't Want to Miss the 2019 Icon Awards!

Join us as we celebrate the historic victory of the Yes on 3 campaign and thank our proud, openly LGBTQ Legislators in the State House: Representatives Sarah Peake, Liz Malia, Kate Hogan, Jack Patrick Lewis and Natalie Higgins, and Senators Jo Comerford and Julian Cyr!

Thursday, April 25, 2019
at the
Marriott Courtyard Downtown
275 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

Honoree Cocktail Reception (VIP ticket holders and sponsors) | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Dinner and Icon Awards ceremony | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Don't miss the premiere LGBTQ event of the season! Sponsorships at all levels are available, and ticket sales are now open. Encourage 9 of your closest friends and colleagues to join you in support of this event by committing to fill a 10-seat table as a Table Host or Table Captain.

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