House Passes Legislation to Ban Conversion Therapy

Rep. Jim Arciero joined his colleagues in the House to pass legislation that will prevent healthcare professionals from engaging in “conversion therapy” including practices that attempt to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

This bill outlines and excludes counseling and healthcare practices that are designed to support an individual and facilitate coping.

"I am proud to stand with my House colleagues today and vote to ban the use of conversion therapy amongst our young and vulnerable residents," said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. "This practice has no scientific basis, is rooted in bigotry and can have lasting, detrimental health effects. In short, there is no place for this cruel activity in Massachusetts. I would like to thank Chairwoman Khan for her tireless advocacy, as well as Leader Peake and Chairman Sánchez."

“I am proud to stand against discrimination against our youth,” said Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, Chair of the House Committee on Ways & Means. “This legislation will ensure that the discriminatory practice of conversion therapy ends. Our youth will not have to be subjected to practices that attempt to shame them or scare them about being who they are.”

“A big thank you to Speaker DeLeo who has once again brought forward legislation that will protect our youth from harm,” said Representative Sarah Peake.  This bill is all about protecting our kids. Finally, this discredited practice will be relegated to the trash bin where it belongs!”

According to the American Psychological Association, conversion therapy “may pose serious risk of harm,” such as “confusion, depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame, social withdrawal, and suicidality”.

Violation of this law would result in a healthcare provider being subject to discipline from their appropriate licensing board, including suspension or revocation of their license.

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