Maryland Bans Gay Conversion Therapy by Health Professionals

  • Maryland Bans Gay Conversion Therapy by Health Professionals

Maryland Bans Gay Conversion Therapy by Health Professionals

Supporters of the ban note the therapy is widely discredited by medical and mental health associations. More information on the lies and dangers of efforts to change sexual orientation or gender identity can be found here.

Senate Bill 1028, which was introduced by Democratic State Sen.

It also estimates 20,000 LGBTQ youth now between the ages of 13 and 17 will receive conversion therapy from a licensed health care professional before they reach 18, and approximately 57,000 will be subjected to the controversial practice from a religious or spiritual adviser.

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed the bill banning the practice for minors into law on Tuesday, according to NBC News. During debate, Republican Del.

"No child should ever be subjected to the abusive practice of so-called 'conversion therapy, '" said HRC President Chad Griffin. Today, Maryland is a better place for countless young people thanks to the many advocates, allies, parents, and survivors who spoke out against this practice and urged their elected officials - Republicans and Democrats alike - to adopt these crucial protections.

FreeState Justice Executive Director Mark Procopio said, "Governor Hogan and Maryland's General Assembly send an important affirmation to LGBTQ youth across our state with the signing of these two bills. LGBTQ youth are flawless as they are and are deserving of every opportunity to help them thrive".

However, before it could be made into law, Governor Larry Hogan was required to approve the bill.

California was the first state to ban the practice for minors in 2012.

"The potential risks of reparative therapy are great, including depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior, since therapist alignment with societal prejudices against homosexuality may reinforce self-hatred already experienced by the patient", according to the association, which says conversion therapy programs tell participants that "homosexuals are lonely, unhappy individuals who never achieve acceptance or satisfaction".

"We will keep fighting until all of our youth are protected, no matter where they live", she continued. The District of Columbia also prohibits gay conversion therapy. Tactics include everything from shock therapy to aversion therapy (e.g., snapping rubber bands on one's wrists to prevent unwanted thoughts).

"I'm so proud of everyone's hard work", Simonaire said. "Today, the state of Maryland took an important step to ensure that all of Maryland's young people know that they are born flawless".