On Wednesday, Governor Malloy signed HB 6695 into law, which prohibits any licensed professional from engaging in conversion therapy with a person under the age of eighteen in the state. An effort led by CT Equality and Anne Stanback, voters across the state called their local representatives and encouraged them to stand up and support the bill. Connecticut becomes the eighth state in the United States to ban the widely discredited practice.
The bill to ban conversion therapy passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 141-8 and the Senate concurred unanimously with a vote of 36-0.
Other states to have banned the practice of conversion therapy include: New Jersey, California, Oregon, Illiinois, New York, Vermont, and New Mexico.
Click here to see a complete list of representatives that co-sponsored this bill.
from Triangle Community Center:
This was an effort where everything mattered. Every personal story you told about your experience mattered. The courage it took as a loving parent to look your legislators in the eye and to tell them to stand up for LGBTQ kids made a difference. The time you took out of your busy lives to take part in our democracy to pick up the phone or to pen a letter to your legislator to tell them that this can make a positive difference was meaningful. Everything you did to advocate for this made a difference. Thank you.
About conversion therapy from this post:
In addition to the statewide legal ban on the practice, the nation’s top leading medical, mental health, and human services professional organizations do not recognize conversion therapy as a legitimate therapy and have condemned the practice.
The Just the Facts coalition, which includes organizations like the American Psychological Association, published a report that compiled the advice of education, health, mental health, and religious organizations on the impact of conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth.
The American Psychiatric Association stated “anecdotal reports of “cures” are counterbalanced by anecdotal claims of psychological harm. In the last four decades, “reparative” therapists have not produced any rigorous scientific research to substantiate their claims of cure.”
Further, they said “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.”
Read more statements in that report here.