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. 1177 and S.B. 44) 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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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.


2018-01-20 17:46:52 -0800

This campaign is going to take a local twist. We want to submit this petition to the mayor and/or city or borough manager of as many localities across Pennsylvania as we can. We are stepping up our game, and want your help to step with us. Literally, even! We will be holding ban conversion therapy rallies in every Pennsylvania county within the next three years unless the legislature bans the practice outright. We will be coming to a town near you soon enough. Stay tuned for dates and locations. -- David.

2017-08-01 13:30:14 -0700

The House Bill 1177 is stalled in the House Health Committee. Meanwhile, Senate Bill 44 to ban conversion therapy is in the Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee. Please write, call, or email your local representative and senator and tell them you want this bill to move forward in both chambers.

2017-07-02 12:54:37 -0700

The Pennsylvania Equality Project will be holding a rally against conversion therapy in Erie, PA on July 9 from 2 until 3 PM. We will meet in front of the Erie County Courthouse and join in unison against this most barbaric form of abuse against LGBTQ youth. Join us if you can.[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22page%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22page_upcoming_events_card%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

2017-02-12 17:33:02 -0800

Representative Sims spoke against conversion therapy on January 19, 2017. The city of Philadelphia is soon going to pass a ban on conversion therapy, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will soon consider similar legislation.

2016-12-13 17:44:36 -0800

Victory in Pittsburgh! The city council in Pittsburgh has voted to ban the use of conversion therapy within the city of Pittsburgh. It is headed to Mayor Bill Peduto who has already said he will sign it. Now, please, share this petition so others will sign it and let the Governor know that this ban should be passed across Pennsylvania.

2016-12-09 06:55:37 -0800

For more details on the city of Philadelphia's proposed ban on conversion therapy, click here.

2016-12-09 06:54:41 -0800

Councilman Mark Squilla has introduced an ordinance to Philadelphia City Council that would ban the use of conversion therapy on minors and make said crime punishable by a $2,000 fine per offense. We have already contacted the city's LGBT Affairs Director, along with the story shown here:

2016-12-05 16:22:05 -0800

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!

2016-11-22 18:20:08 -0800

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

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