NASW/CT supports House Bill 6695 that will ban licensed professionals in CT from performing conversion therapy with minors. Conversion therapy treats sexual orientation of being gay or lesbian as a mental illness that needs to be treated in order to “cure” one’s sexual orientation.
Here is why we support the bill:
- Conversion therapy has been condemned by all of the major mental health professions as false therapy.
- Conversion therapy is often harmful to children who may be psychologically traumatized from being subjected to this therapy.
- Sexual orientation of being gay or lesbian should be affirmed not denied. Therapy should be to help find oneself, not deny oneself.
- Conversion therapy is a discriminatory act that is used against gays and lesbians and should not be allowed in Connecticut.
TAKE ACTION TO BAN CONVERSION THERAPY
Contact your state senator and state representative and urge them to support House Bill 6695. Let them know this bill has broad bi-partisan support and must be passed this year!
Not sure who your legislators are? Click here for names & contact information: https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp