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Passport Magazine: Virginia Legislators Introduce Bill to End Gay Conversion Therapy Print

BY:  Joseph Pedro

Created:  Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Virginia Delegate Patrick Hope and Senator Louise Lucas introduced a bill protecting children and their families from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy, joining a growing number of states and jurisdictions to consider and pass legislation to put an end to the discredited practice. The bill reflects the unanimous view of medical, mental health, and child welfare experts that attempts to change a young person's sexual orientation or gender identity are ineffective and unsafe, putting youth at risk of severe long-term health impacts, including depression, substance abuse, and even suicide.

California, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. are the only states to protect children from gay conversion therapy.