Pass a law (PA bills are H.B. 935 and S.B. 45) that prohibits the use of conversion therapy for minors in Pennsylvania.
Why is this important?
Conversion therapy has been debunked as junk science by the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association. There's no scientific evidence that it works. But, more important, there's a host of evidence that it hurts those who suffer through it, leading to depression and even suicide in some cases.
As a gay man and as the founder and president of the Pennsylvania Equality Project, formerly called Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania, I've met a number of gays and lesbians who have experienced the pain of so-called conversion therapy, and I've seen the results firsthand.
Already, both New Jersey and California have banned this dangerous and predatory form of therapy. There's no reason Pennsylvania children and teens should continue to suffer by undergoing "conversion" therapy. The fact that this practice is still legal in our state suggests to potential clients and their caretakers that it is an acceptable form of treatment, rather than a threat to their well-being.
Fortunately, Pennsylvania state legislators have already taken steps in the right direction. Representative Babette Josephs introduced legislation to ban conversion therapy in 2012. This year, state representatives Brian Sims and Gerald Mullery announced that they plan to introduce a similar bill that would ban the use of this dangerous treatment on youth in Pennsylvania.
With national momentum on our side, now is the perfect time to let our legislators know that we want them to support Reps. Sims' and Mullery's bill to ban conversion therapy for minors in Pennsylvania. If enough people like you join me and take action, we can show the broad spectrum of support for the bill and make it clear to our legislators that we want them to put the well-being of children before personal bias.
Too many children have been permanently scarred by conversion therapy. Sign my petition and help end conversion therapy of children in Pennsylvania.
How it will be delivered
We plan to deliver this petition in person to Representative Brian Sims and Senator Daylin Leach to give to their colleagues in both the Pennsylvania House and Senate. We will also deliver a copy to Governor Wolf's representative in Erie, PA.
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Council President Kraus and Councilman Gilman of the city of Pittsburgh have introduced an ordinance for the city that would ban the use of conversion therapy on minors within the city limits. We forwarded a copy of this petition to Mayor Bill Peduto's office, and have been informed that every member of city council has received a copy of the petition. While we have not achieved victory yet, we are being heard! Thanks to all who have signed this petition!
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With the incoming Trump administration, we expect a backlash against bills of this nature. We must put a stop to the use of this hoax therapy in Pennsylvania. Conversion therapy is detrimental to its victims, and can and has cost lives. Once you have signed this petition, please share it. We are doing all we can to promote it, including having sent a copy to Governor Wolf in April. We will send an updated copy when we hit 10,000 names. Thanks all! David