February 28, 2019 at 10:13 am #29652APPT AdministratorKeymaster
Support needed Feb 7th to support ban on Conversion Therapy in NE
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Megan Hunt (Omaha, District 8) has brought LB167 and LB168, two bills seeking to ban Conversion Therapy in Nebraska, in
her first round of bill introductions (outlines of the bills are at the end of this post), and is seeking mental health
professionals and/or LGBTQ+ folks who are willing to testify in their support.
You can testify in person at the Judiciary Committee hearing on Feb 7th (the hearing begins at 1:30), or you can send a
letter of support in advance.
Interested clinicians can email Kristina at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Please also pass this opportunity on
to anyone you know in our field who is passionate and knowledgable about these issues but might not see this post.
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For those of you who aren’t familiar with Conversion Therapy, it is a dangerous, debunked and abusive pseudo-therapy
that seeks to change a person’s sexual or gender orientation. There is virtually no reliable evidence that sexual
orientation can be changed and medical bodies warn that conversion therapy practices are ineffective and potentially
The following is a (non-exhaustive) list of professional organizations that don’t endorse conversion therapy, or any
therapy that tries to convince someone their gender identity or sexual orientation is wrong:
American Medical Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Nursing
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
American Counseling Association
American Medical Student Association
American Psychoanalytic Association
Clinical Social Work Association
Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have banned conversion therapy for minors, and Megan Hunt would like for
Nebraska to join this group by passing the following bills into law.
LB167 Prohibits Conversion Therapy for Individuals 18 Years or Younger
LB167 bans organizations from advertising or providing conversion therapy to individuals under eighteen years of age.
Conversion therapy refers to a practice or treatment by a mental health practitioner that seeks to change an individual’s
sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Conversion therapy is pseudoscience based on the idea that being
gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is a disease that must be “cured”, and can lead to an increased risk for depression,
anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide.
LB168 Classifies Conversion Therapy as Child Abuse
Major mental health institutions such as the American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, and
American Psychiatric Association call these practices misleading and this abusive practice has been proven harmful to LGBT
children and teenagers.
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