Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ Is Now Illegal In Maryland

May 16, 2018

By Nina Golgowski

It’s now officially illegal to perform so-called gay “conversion therapy” on minors in Maryland.

The Youth Mental Health Protection Act, which Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed into law Tuesday, threatens mental health or child care practitioners with disciplinary action if they are found attempting to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of anyone under the age of 18.

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said the new law makes Maryland “a better place for countless young people.”

“No child should ever be subjected to the abusive practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy,’” he said in a statement. “This dangerous and inhumane form of child abuse has no basis in science and is uniformly rejected by every major mental health and child welfare organization.”

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One comment on “Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ Is Now Illegal In Maryland”

  • @OP – The Youth Mental Health Protection Act, which Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed into law Tuesday, threatens mental health or child care practitioners with disciplinary action if they are found attempting to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of anyone under the age of 18.

    There is a similar ban in process in the UK:-

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44686374

    Controversial “gay conversion therapies” are to be banned as part of a government plan to improve the lives of gay and transgender people.

    Experts say the word therapy is misleading because there is no scientific basis for it.

    All major therapy professional bodies as well as the NHS in the UK disagree with it on logical, ethical and moral grounds.

    A national survey of 108,000 members of the LGBT community suggested 2% have undergone the practice with another 5% having been offered it.

    It also found more than two-thirds of LGBT people avoid holding hands in public, for fear of negative reactions.

    The prime minister said nobody “should ever to have to hide who they are”.

    A 75-point plan to improve the lives of LGBT people, costing £4.5m, has been produced in response to the survey.

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