Here's the good news: California has banned the use for minors of aversion "therapies" to "overcome" homosexuality (practices with no scientific basis that have resulted in depression and even suicide for some gay and lesbian teens). Here's the bad news: California is the FIRST state to implement such a ban, which means that parents living in every other state in the U.S. have the legal right to subject their gay and lesbian teens to emotionally scarring methods meant to “change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.”
Except parents DON'T have the right to try and change who their children are by paying quacks who claim to be mental health "professionals" to crush their very spirits.
Equality California spokeswoman Rebekah Orr hit the nail on the head with her statement: "This law will ensure that state-licensed therapists can no longer abuse their power to harm LGBT youth and propagate the dangerous and deadly lie that sexual orientation is an illness or disorder that can be 'cured.'"
Unfortunately, there is no law ensuring that parents can no longer abuse their power to harm LGBT children by making them feel ashamed of who they are as people. Making them feel that something is inherently wrong with them. That they're broken. Defective. When in truth, the parents are defective. Because they can't see that their children are perfect, exactly as they are.
Do you think parents have the right to subject their gay and lesbian teens to conversion therapy?
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