Target: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Goal: Ban psychologically harmful ‘gay conversion’ therapy
Recently, legislation has been introduced in New Jersey that would ban licensed therapists from providing gay-to-straight conversion therapy to children. This controversial form of therapy has been shown to cause lasting psychological harm to children who receive it. This ban, which is already widely supported, will not only protect children, but will also be a major step forward for LGBT rights.
The bill will ban ‘sexual-orientation change efforts’ by licensed professionals on minors. This therapy has been condemned by the American Psychological Association as harmful. Gay conversion therapy is not necessary or effective, and is considered by many to be a form of abuse. Minors who undergo this therapy are told that their sexuality is wrong and that they are psychologically damaged. However, it has been proven that this ‘therapy’ can be even more damaging. According to teen Jacob Rudolph in a statement to the New Jersey Health Committee, ‘…not only am I an LGBT teen, but that I am not broken, I am not confused. I do not need to be fixed.’
Opponents of the bill claim that it will infringe on parental rights. However, while parents have the right to choose the best care for their children, there is no scenario in which harmful and abusive therapy can be the best care. This argument also ignores the fact that minors do have rights, and do not deserve abuse based on the prejudice of the adults around them. This bill will protect minors from this abuse, and will make a difference in changing perspectives towards LGBT people. Tell New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that this bill must be passed.
Dear Governor Christie:
Recently, legislation was introduced in New Jersey that will ban harmful gay conversion therapy from being administered to minors. This controversial therapy tells LGBT children and teens that they are unnatural and wrong. It has been proven to cause lasting damage to those who are forced to receive it. Banning this therapy will mean protecting minors from this abuse.
I ask you to pass this bill. Gay conversion therapy is harmful and abusive, and minors should be protected from it. Passing this bill will also help to change perceptions of LGBT people. Homosexuality is not a problem to be fixed, and attempting to do so will do nothing but cause harm. Pass this bill and stop this harmful therapy practice.
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