To: Gov. Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Senate, Pennsylvania House

Ban "conversion therapy" in Pennsylvania

Ban "conversion therapy" in Pennsylvania

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.


Reasons for signing

  • I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Ph.D. in psychology and working toward my licensure as a psychologist. There is no ethical person in the field who would practice this as real therapy. Therapy is to help each individual reach their highest and greatest purpose by being their authentic selves. Therapy is never used to demonize a part of a person's identity and core self.
  • Because it is something that isn't ethical. Gay kids should learn that it's okay to be gay...Nothing is wrong with it.
  • I survived ex-gay therapy and I can tell you it is harmful.


2013-10-14 07:41:32 -0700

5,000 signatures reached

2013-10-10 10:03:18 -0700

1,000 signatures reached

2013-10-10 09:15:24 -0700

500 signatures reached

2013-09-25 13:50:10 -0700

100 signatures reached

2013-09-25 10:58:53 -0700

50 signatures reached

2013-09-22 17:02:33 -0700

25 signatures reached

2013-09-20 20:13:58 -0700

10 signatures reached