Tell Your State Rep: We Need to Ban Conversion Therapy

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February 12, 2018

 

Call Your State Rep. Today: Ban Conversion Therapy in MA!

Man in white t-shirt, jeans and red cap holds a sign that reads "Self-Hatred is Not Therapy."The Conversion Therapy Ban Bill (H.4014), also known as An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors, would prohibit licensed mental health professionals from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a minor. This bill is necessary to ensure that state-licensed mental health practitioners abide by professional standards and don't engage in damaging practices that have no scientific basis. It does not impact religious or faith-based counselors, nor does it violate anyone's First Amendment rights.

There is strong evidence that conversion therapy can have long-lasting, harmful effects, particularly on youth. This is of increasing concern as more minors are being subjected to this traumatizing practice as they find the courage to come out as LGBTQ at younger ages. According to a recent report by the Williams Institute, roughly 20,000 LGBTQ teens in the U.S. will undergo conversion therapy from a licensed health professional before they turn 18 years old unless their state bans it.

This dangerous and discredited practice has already been banned in 9 states and Washington, DC, as well as over 30 cities and counties across the country. It's time for Massachusetts to join these states and communities, and protect our youth from the threat of conversion therapy!

How You Can Help Keep MA Youth Safe from Conversion Therapy
The House version of the Conversion Therapy Ban Bill is now before the House Ways and Means Committee and is awaiting a vote. You can help make conversion therapy a thing of the past here in Massachusetts by calling your state Representative and asking them to do two things:

  • Urge Speaker DeLeo to move the Conversion Therapy Ban Bill (H.4014) to a vote as soon as possible.
  • Pass the Conversion Therapy Ban Bill when it comes up for a vote.

If you know your state Representative's name, you can find their contact information here.

Don't know who your state Representative is? Visit www.wheredoivotema.com and enter your street address in the form, then click the Show my results button and scroll down the Results page to find your Representative's name. Click on their name to view their contact information.

Please call your state Rep. today! Thank you for doing your part to keep Massachusetts youth safe from conversion therapy.

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Elder Care Training Bill Moves Forward

Nurse kneels and speaks to an elderly woman in a wheelchair as others look onGood news: the Elder Cultural Competency Training Bill (S.346/H.2892) has made new progress through the legislative process. This bill, also known as An Act Relative to LGBT Awareness Training for Aging Services Providers, would require the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to develop a cultural competency training program for elder care providers who work with LGBTQ seniors and caregivers.

On Wednesday, February 7th, the bill was voted out favorably by the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, and it now heads to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means. MassEquality thanks the members of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs and bill sponsors Sen. Pat Jehlen and Rep. Elizabeth Malia for supporting this bill and helping move it closer to a vote and passage into law.

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Don't Miss Beacons of Light: MassEquality's 2018 Icon Awards Gala!

Honoring the 2018 Political Icon Award winner

Attorney General Maura Healey

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6:00-10:00 pm

Hotel Marlowe
25 Edwin H Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA

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