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Pennsylvania’s Democratic Governor signed on Tuesday an executive order banning conversion therapy not only for minors but for people of all ages. In addition, the order encourages the promotion of “evidence-based practices for supporting LGBTQ people.” In addition, the order also “directs the Department of Human Services, among other agencies, to ensure that state funds are not being used to provide or reimburse for conversion therapy,” NBC News reports.
“Reparative” or “conversion therapy” is a dangerous practice that aims to change a person’s—usually the LGBTQ youth—sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression to align with heterosexual and cisgender norms. To learn more about the dangers of conversion therapy, read here.
“Conversion therapy is a traumatic practice based on junk science that actively harms the people it supposedly seeks to treat,” said Gov. Tom Wolf in a statement. “This discriminatory practice is widely rejected by medical and scientific professionals and has been proven to lead to worse mental health outcomes for LGBTQIA+ youth subjected to it. This is about keeping our children safe from bullying and extreme practices that harm them.”
Further, Gov. Tom Wolf also said during the signing of the executive order: “You can stand up and tell the LGBTQ youth that we hear them. We accept them exactly as they are. They matter. They belong. And we are going to protect them.” Watch CBS Philly’s report below:
Conversion therapy has been denounced by many organizations such as the American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, World Health Organization, and American Medical Association to name a few.
In the United States, on the other hand, around 20 states have already banned conversion therapy for minors. These states are Utah, New Jersey, California, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Nevada, Washington, Hawaii, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Colorado, The District of Columbia, and Maine. To check the complete list, click here.
Meanwhile, other countries that ban conversion therapy included France, Malta, Germany, Albania, Brazil, and Taiwan.
I used to think conversion therapy for gay/lesbian attraction was horrible; I still do. Then, the Left started trying to pump strange drugs into preschool children, tell them they can be a boy if they’re really a girl or vice-versa, and eventually mutilate their genitals. Now, I think it’s probably not so bad, and maybe we even need it in certain extreme cases like this.
Your way of thinking will come back to bite you in the future… keep living and become a witness.
No, sir, we don’t need it, this is considered 1950’s school of thought and we should never go there, the past is the past, honey.
don’t follow your argument, because many, many things about American society were a lot better in the 1950’s.
Ban it? What if someone choose it themselves, have people no more rights in the Democrat Totalitarian World. This is insane. Be you a believer or not , we better start rrspecting each others rights . Dems are turning us into slaves
You’re not serious, you know better than that, or do you?
I bet you read this wrong… truly sad.
Democrats are freeing us, they free us from the ties that bind from those conservatives, honey. Be glad the liberal has got your back. I was conservative myself, and I’m so happy that I was freed thanks to Trump, I woke up and realized what these republicans were doing to our country, so now i’m a proud and happy liberal here.
Funny that you talk about how an individual should have rights over there own body when Republicans are banning woman and children from having abortions. Sure seems like can’t make up there mind when it comes to body autonomy.
First I’d like to say the brain isn’t fully developed until about 27 or 28 years old, so the notion that minors have the ability to make these decisions at such a young age is ludicrous, it’s a good thing that it’s banned. I think most of these people need to seek help through non-activist psychiatrist. There is a 40% suicide rate amongst transgender people, these people need help with their mental state of mind rather than their physical state of being., look up a guy by the name of Walt Hoyer he’s been there and back
Exactly, well said!
think what he’s saying is let people choose how they live their lives. Many of the adult gays had no interest in the opposite sex and kept it hidden. Those who acted on same sex interest at an age earlier than what you proposed were abused or shun. Do you support this too?
Agreed 100 percent honey, should be banned forever, and the suicide rates and people who commit suicide is disheartening and tragic, too.
First, you are confusing conversion therapy in the article with transgender therapy. Second, feminine gays choose fem behavior at surprisingly early age – I was 5 years old when I played with dolls, wore the high heels of my grandmother, and requested a “castle” for birthday. I agree that it should not be allowed someone to change gender hormonally until they are 18 years old because at an earlier age they are not exactly sure where on the gender spectrum they are. I am fem but I do not consider myself a woman, nor I want to be. Some just… Read more »
I received “conversion therapy” from my parents at the end of a belt. They used to beat the shit out of me for being “queer.” It didn’t take quite like they hoped. I’m still a “fucking faggot” but now I have this big hole in my chest where a lot of me might have lived, if I’d ever been allowed in this world.
Back-in-the-day, the “Golden Rule” was: “Spare-the Rod; Spoil-the-Child.”
“Mommy & Daddy
Took A Belt
Gave Their Children Forty Welts!
They Saw What They Had Done
They Gave Their Children
I can both Sympathize & Empathize with you, Thug!
I bet you are gorgeous and being broken makes you even more attractive 🙂
This is good that conversion therapy is banned. No one should live their lives thinking the way they are born is wrong. That doesn’t mean there isn’t conditioning that isn’t happening. We are conditioned to live a certain way by our societal interaction, but primarily by choice, not force. Part of a free society is not having people force you to do and be something you are not.
Exactly… keep living who you choice to be. Sadly much of the hate comes from within the LGBTQ community.
The left indoctrinating kids in trans propaganda, the right indoctrinating kids in religious propaganda. Just leave the kids alone damnit!!!
You’re entitled to your opinion, but the right want to control everything do. It won’t stop at just gay right. Sadly the LGBTQ population will become silent and hide in fear….
You do realize that most “conversion therapy” has nothing to do with trans kids, but is instead a misguided and downright harmful attempt to convince gay kids and young adults that they’re straight?
This country, man, my God! No wonder kids are becoming murderers, we need to deal with this, we’ve confused the hell out of our children in more ways than one. They need counseling, they need to know, they don’t have to rush into anything, you know how kids are, one thing one day and they do a 180. What they need to initially know, is that “gay” is just part of nature, period, always was, always will be, don’t panic, just give yourself time to at least mature more, keep the conversation open to talk about as they grow.
They also need to ban these sick, demented, mentally ill teachers from coming out to their students, discussing anything to do with their personal lives, having that damn sacrilegious rainbow flag in the class room. No teacher ,no matter hetrosexual, homosexual, or any sexual should be decussing their personal life with a student. If they do they should be fired on the spot! Any inappropriate discussion of sex to a chilld is child abuse. It’s disgisting, and deplorable.
And yet they’re perfectly ok with giving puberty blockers to 12 yr old with no mental evaluation. I cant wait to get the fuck out of thus shitastic country and leave you retards behind to burn in this dumpster fire.
Honey baby, you simply cannot change the sun to the moon in five minutes! Not and never gonna happen! You was born gay and no one and nothing can ever take that away.
This is great in the short-term, but an executive order can be reversed by the next governor. This needs to be a law, but that’s probably impossible in the current PA legislature.
I think majority of the comments confused conversion therapy (from gay to straight) with transgender therapy. People don’t read anymore.