California may ban gay teen 'conversion' therapy

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08 May 2012, 9:59 pm

California may ban gay teen 'conversion' therapy

By HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press - 1 hour ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A first-of-its-kind ban on a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight is speeding through the California statehouse.

Supporters say the legislation, which passed its final Senate committee Tuesday, is necessary because such treatments are ineffective and harmful.

"This therapy can be dangerous," said the bill's author Sen. Ted Lieu. The Torrance Democrat added the treatments can "cause extreme depression and guilt" that sometimes leads to suicide.

Conservative religious groups emphatically reject that view of sexual orientation therapy and say the ban would interfere with parents' rights to seek appropriate psychological care for their children.

The bill would prohibit so-called reparative therapy for minors and obligate adults to sign a release form that states that the counseling is ineffectual and possibly dangerous.

Representatives of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality on Tuesday called the bill a piece of social engineering masquerading as a solution to a clinical problem.

David Pickup, who is registered with the California Board of Psychology, said a ban would prevent people from recovering from trauma of sexual abuse.

"Any therapist worth his salt knows that homosexual feelings commonly occur in victims as a result of abuses," he said. "I ought to know because I was one of those boys."

The debate comes as gay rights issues take the spotlight around the nation.

Over the weekend, Vice President Joe Biden said he is "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex couples getting the same rights as heterosexual couples.

In North Carolina on Tuesday, voters moved to define marriage as solely between a man and a woman. And in Colorado, a civil union bill faced a looming deadline in the state Legislature.

Conversion therapy penetrated the national consciousness last year when former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann was questioned over whether her husband's Christian counseling business provided services that attempted to change gays and lesbians.

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good news every one!


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08 May 2012, 10:17 pm

Thank you for sharing that. I think it's about time that California came to that decision. People should be allowed to be the way that they were born, and they shouldn't have to go through such therapies. Let's hope that California follows through with their promise. :)


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08 May 2012, 11:10 pm

When I was in high school, my parents found and sent me to a "therapist" who told them they could "fix" my being a homosexual. I'm glad steps are being put into place to save future kids from going through that experience.



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08 May 2012, 11:26 pm

moved from Random Discussion to LGBT Discussion.

also, i cannot believe that such therapy still exists. :cry:


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09 May 2012, 1:48 am

hyperlexian wrote:
moved from Random Discussion to LGBT Discussion.

also, i cannot believe that such therapy still exists. :cry:


i put it in random so more people could read it, most people hit up random, only a small nitch would regularly checks this sub forum.


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09 May 2012, 1:49 am

yeah..... that's not a great reason to put it in the wrong forum when we have a section devoted to it already.


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09 May 2012, 2:19 am

hyperlexian wrote:
yeah..... that's not a great reason to put it in the wrong forum when we have a section devoted to it already.


i did not know there was a section for it in tell now.


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09 May 2012, 2:19 am

i know, isn't it awesome???! !!


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09 May 2012, 2:23 am

im sure ive saw it in the past, but i rarely use wp. my thought process is where do i put this random article i want to share, well why random of course.


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09 May 2012, 2:30 am

fair enough. if we keep talking this thread will look superpopular and will lure some responses bwahahaha


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09 May 2012, 2:33 am

the bigger the post count, the more people will be drawn to it. and they can see how cool cali is atm, even thou they failed at gay marriage and legalizing pot. they can still win at this!


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09 May 2012, 2:34 am

GO CALI!! !! ! we are becoming more conservative in Canada in some ways too.


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09 May 2012, 2:54 am

so whats your thoughts on lgbt issues


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09 May 2012, 2:56 am

i think that there shouldn't be any issues left to fight for, meaning that they should have all the same rights as the rest of us (marriage etc).

my province stopped funding transgender surgery, which makes me sad.


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09 May 2012, 3:06 am

i dont know about state funded surgery, its basically plastic surgery, dress like and act like the opposite gender all you like, and try to change your voice with practice all you like, but plastic surgery shouldn't be funded by the government, one can argue they would feel better in a females/male body, id feel better with a 10 inch dick and a ass you can bounce a quarter off of, but i wouldn't expect the government to pay for it. and my best friend from child hood is tranny, he tells me he would consider some surgery but not for his dick.


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09 May 2012, 12:59 pm

Cultus_Diabolus wrote:
i dont know about state funded surgery, its basically plastic surgery, dress like and act like the opposite gender all you like, and try to change your voice with practice all you like, but plastic surgery shouldn't be funded by the government, one can argue they would feel better in a females/male body, id feel better with a 10 inch dick and a ass you can bounce a quarter off of, but i wouldn't expect the government to pay for it. and my best friend from child hood is tranny, he tells me he would consider some surgery but not for his dick.

it's not that they would feel better, it is the fact that they were born in the wrong body.


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