The State Of Virginia’s Decision To Stop LGBTQ “Conversion Therapy” Moves Ahead

Lawmakers in Virginia are closer to making its state the 20th in the nation to ban “LGBTQ conversion” therapy for minors.

According to The Associated Press, the bill passed by a 22-18 vote, and the House version of the bill passed in the Virginia House of Delegates by a 66-27 vote.

The practice of “conversation therapy” has been a running debate for years, and has been denounced by multiple pro-LGBTQ organizations like The Trevor Project, which released a survey in June 2019 and found that 42% of LGBTQ youth who underwent “conversion therapy” reported a suicide attempt in the prior year. The rates are even higher for transgender and non-binary youth, with 57% of respondents reporting a suicide attempt.

The Trevor Project is a nonprofit focused on suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ and questioning youth.

Why Does This Matter?

Prohibiting the practice of “Conversation Therapy” would prevent health care providers from engaging in the unlawful and dangerous practice of deliberately attempting to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The belief that gay people need to be “cured” of their sexual orientation also contribute to harassment and violence against the LGTBQ community and anyone else who doesn’t conform to rigid stereotypes of gender and sexuality.


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