In more restore your faith in humanity news, Pennsylvania State Representative Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia) has submitted a measure banning conversion therapy also widely known as “gay cure” therapy for minors. Josephs stated that the therapy should be banned because homosexuality is not considered wrong by mental health organizations:
“No reputable mainstream mental health association considers being gay, lesbian or bisexual a disease or mental illness. Yet, that is exactly the premise behind this kind of therapy – a wrong assumption that homosexuality is a mental disorder that can be ‘corrected,”
“As homosexuality is not a disorder, so attempts to ‘convert’ the sexual orientation of anyone, particularly a minor, threatens the individual’s short- and long-term health and well-being.”
“The very concept of ‘correcting’ homosexuality is dehumanizing and contrary to conventional societal norms. The fact that minors are forcefully subjected to this therapy that is not based in any scientific fact is unacceptable. Pennsylvania’s children deserve better,”
This is the second state in the United States’ history to put such legislation through to be decided in state government. California being the first state to do so and recently the measure was passed and signed into California State Law by Governor Jerry Brown. During the initial research of the reparative therapy, California ‘s task force found an enormous amount of adverse side effects to this therapy:
The task force concluded that sexual orientation change efforts can pose critical health risks to lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, including confusion, depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame, social withdrawal, suicidality, substance abuse, stress, disappointment, self-blame, decreased self-esteem and authenticity to others, increased self-hatred, hostility and blame toward parents, feelings of anger and betrayal, loss of friends and potential romantic partners, problems in sexual and emotional intimacy, sexual dysfunction, high-risk sexual behaviors, a feeling of being dehumanized and untrue to self, a loss of faith, and a sense of having wasted time and resources.
A petition to show support for the bill has already started.