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November 13, 2012 > Support bill banning use of dangerous therapies

Support bill banning use of dangerous therapies

Submitted By Charles Joughin, Human Rights Campaign

California Governor Jerry Brown has the chance to protect California's most vulnerable children by signing into law SB 1172, a bill prohibiting therapists from harming lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth by subjecting them to dangerous efforts that purport to change one's sexual orientation. Recently, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization, sent a letter to Gov. Brown urging him to support SB 1172. HRC has launched a petition, asking 350,000 members and supporters in California to call on Gov. Brown to do the right thing and sign the bill into law.

In his letter to Gov. Brown, HRC President Chad Griffin detailed the consequences of continued demonization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, citing HRC's landmark study of LGBT youth released in June. The top concerns for LGBT youth revolved around a lack of acceptance by family, classmates, and society more generally. In contrast, straight youth worried about classes, grades, college acceptance, and financial pressures. This stress is unsurprising considering that 89 percent of California youth reported hearing negative messages about being LGBT - 63 percent of those youth say those messages come from elected leaders.

"LGBT youth have too many things to worry about in today's society. It's time to ban reparative therapy," added Griffin.

To sign the petition calling on Gov. Brown to sign SB 1172, visit http://action.hrc.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=65907.0

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