Exaggerations, False Claims & Isolated Youth: Thoughts on California’s New Law

State Senator Ted Lieu Sponsored Legislation Banning "Reparative" Therapy for Minors
State Senator Ted Lieu Sponsored Legislation Banning “Reparative” Therapy for Minors

Though California has given final approval to State Senator Ted Lieu’s legislation banning so-called “reparative” therapy for minors, the battle to protect California youth from this dangerous treatment is hardly over.

Anti-gay groups, such as the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), were quick to announce that they will challenge the new law in courtRead the full post

So-Called Reparative Therapy Banned for Minors in California

California Flag: The state protects LGBT youth by banning reparative therapy for minorsLGBT youth in California will soon be spared the harm of so-called “reparative therapy”—that is, therapy aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, “California has become the first state in the country to ban controversial therapy practices that attempt to change the sexual orientation of minors after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to outlaw them Saturday.”

The law new, which takes effect January 1, prohibits therapies for minors aimed at eliminating or reducing “sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.” It also protects transgender youth—indeed, all youth—by banning therapies for minors aimed at changing “gender expressions.” Therapists who violate the law will be subject to discipline by whichever professional entity licenses them. Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post.