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Help stop 'conversion therapy' of minors

from NYSUT

Being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming. The major professional associations of mental health practitioners and researchers in the United States have recognized this fact for nearly 40 years. That means it's well past time to ban the harmful, controversial practice of "conversion therapy" of minors.

Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to ask lawmakers to support legislation stopping "conversion therapy" of minors!

The American School Counselor Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Counseling Association Governing Council, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Pan American Health Organization have all concluded that the risks of conversion therapy are great. In fact, the Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation concluded in 2009 that sexual orientation change efforts can pose critical health risks to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, ranging from confusion and depression to substance abuse and suicide.

Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to ask lawmakers to support legislation stopping "conversion therapy" of minors!

The bill being considered only applies to mental health professionals licensed with the State of New York and does not apply to counseling services provided by members of the clergy, or advice, information, or instruction provided by non-licensed individuals, churches, organizations, or not-for-profit businesses.

Please stand up for the physical and psychological well-being New York's youth by protecting them against exposure to serious harm caused by sexual orientation change efforts. more


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