Equality Virginia: We must end harmful and ineffective conversion therapy

equality virginiaIn response to today’s vote in the Senate Committee on Education and Health to pass by SB 988, James Parrish, executive director, Equality Virginia, offered the following response.

“It is extremely disappointing that our lawmakers cannot come together in support of a bill that would protect Virginia’s LGBT youth.  We cannot continue to allow our youth to be put through this so-called “treatment” that can cause depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior.  At best, allowing this harmful treatment on our youth is irresponsible, and at worse, it could contribute to the unthinkable.

All major health organizations agree that this therapy is not only ineffective, but is also harmful.  Homosexuality is not a disease or a disorder; prohibiting any health care provider from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with any person under 18 years of age is necessary to protect our youth as they come to terms with who they are.  Working with a strong coalition of organizations and individuals, Equality Virginia will continue to work to end this harmful practice.”