Pride At Work Hawai’i strongly supports HB1789, which would "protect the physical and psychological well-being of minors, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, against exposure to serious harms caused by sexual orientation change efforts.”
As the American Psychological Association notes, “efforts to change sexual orientation through therapy... have serious potential to harm young people because they present the view that the sexual orientation of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth is a mental illness or disorder, and they often frame the inability to change one’s sexual orientation as a personal and moral failure.” The American Psychiatric Association agrees, noting that “the potential risks of reparative therapy are great, including depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior.”
Further, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a gay-conversion therapy ban passed in California did not violate the constitutional rights of counselors, minor patients or their parents.
Trying to force anyone - especially a minor - to change a basic part of themselves, such as sexual orientation, through repudiated and potentially harmful means, is a form of child abuse, which no one in a position of State-sanctioned authority should be allowed to practice.
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