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Ohio Legislators Introduce Bills To Ban Harmful Gay Conversion Therapy In Ultra-Conservative State

Ex-Gay

 

Two bills, one introduced in the Ohio House and one in the Senate, would make it illegal for Ohio’s licensed medical professionals to practice what’s most often referred to as reparative, conversion or sexual-reorientation therapy on a minor.

Sen. Charleta B. Tavares, D-Columbus, reintroduced an Ohio Senate bill in February that would ban reparative or conversion therapy for minors after a similar measure failed in 2013. Last week, a companion House bill was introduced by Rep. Debbie Phillips, D-Albany, and Rep. Denise Driehaus, D-Cincinnati.

Tavares said conversion therapy “can damage (children) permanently. We’ve heard cases across the county where people have attempted and completed suicide.”

Last year Leeah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender girl from Cincinnati, walked in front of a truck after saying in a suicide note that her parents refused to accept her gender identity and sent her to conversion therapy. In April, President Barack Obama said he supports legislation popularly called “Leelah’s Law,” which would ban conversion therapy for minors nationwide.

In 2009 The American Psychological Association passed a resolution in 2009 condemning conversion therapy.

But despite this some  anti-gay “counselors” still don’t agree.

Christian counselor Elton Moose, director of New Pathways in Springfield, said Ohioans still need the ability to choose whether they want their child to be treated to address homosexuality.  Moose said he doesn’t consider what he does “conversion therapy” and that he simply “helps individuals to overcome the power of homosexuality,” often by “re-orienting” feelings toward the same sex and directing those he counsels on how to avoid acting on them.

While the Ohio bills have the best intentions. There is one major problem. 

Moose, who isn’t licensed with an Ohio board, and many like him would be able to continue his therapy if either bill becomes law

Four Men Sue Perverse Ex-Gay Jewish Therapy Group JONAH For Mental Torture – Video

Four gay men with the help of the Southern Poverty Law Center are suing the NJ “ex-gay” organization JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Healing) for fraud and mental torture

AP reports:

Three of the men at the news conference are Jewish, and the fourth is a Mormon now living in Salt Lake City who was a college student in New York when he signed up for the services.

Speaking for the men at Tuesday’s news conference were attorneys from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a Montgomery, Ala.-based civil rights organization.

“JONAH profits off of shameful and dangerous attempts to fix something that isn’t broken,” said Christine P. Sun, the center’s deputy legal director. “Despite the consensus of mainstream professional organizations that conversion therapy doesn’t work, this racket continues to scam vulnerable gay men and lesbians out of thousands of dollars and inflicts significant harm on them.”

The therapy, which can cost up to $10,000 a year, put them at risk of “depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior,” while giving them no benefits, the suit said.

In 2010 Truth Wins Out released a video  in which Ben Unger and Chaim Levin, blasted JONAH’s lead therapist Alan Downing, accusing Downing of a “psychological striptease” in which he watched them disrobe and touch their bodies

Jo Bruck, Sheldon’s mother, and Bella Levin, the mother of plaintiff Chaim Levin, are also plaintiffs because they paid for their sons’ conversion therapy and the counseling the suit said they needed to recover from it.  But personally in my opinion these “mothers” shouldn’t be plaintiffs but should be defendants for putting their children through such trauma and abuse.

I applaud the lawyer for representing the plaintiffs and  the for gay men themselves for standing up and exposing these sick organizations and hopefully putting JONAH out of business through court costs alone if nothing else and exposing such dangerous quack ex-gay reparative therapy groups to the world.