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Ban the Use of "Ex Gay" Ministries on Minors
  • Petitioned Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

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United States Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
President of the United States
President Barack Obama
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Minnesota
Sen. Al Franken
California
Sen. Barbara Boxer
California
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Ban the Use of "Ex Gay" Ministries on Minors

    1. Ian Leonard-Nickel
    2. Petition by

      Ian Leonard-Nickel

      San Diego, CA

The American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association have both condemned the use of "Reparative Therapy" on homosexuals in order to "change" their sexual orientation.

Twice the APA has condemned reparative therapy treatments: 1) 1997; the American Psychiatric Association addressed "ex-gay" therapy by stating, “The potential risks of ‘reparative therapy’ are great and include depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior…Further, APA calls on these organizations and individuals to do all that is possible to decrease the stigma related to homosexuality wherever and whenever it may occur.” 2) 2000; the American Psychiatric Association issued yet another statement and recommended “that ethical practitioners refrain from attempts to change individuals sexual orientation, keeping in mind the medical dictum, to ‘first do no harm.’"

Further reading on the American Psychiatric Association's stance on reparative therapy can be found here: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/html/resolution97.html

Further Reading on the American Psychological Association's stance on reparative therapy can be found here: http://www.apa.org/about/governance/council/policy/sexual-orientation.aspx

It is imperative that LGBT+ minors not be exposed to such a toxic environment where they're treated as less-than their heterosexual counterparts. As we've seen from the rash of suicides plaguing high-profile religious conservative districts in the United States, the use of "ex gay" therapy, or the exposure to it, is not only painful, but deadly. At the very least, minors (citizens of the United States of America under the age of 18) should be excluded from attending reparative therapy sessions either forcibly or on a volunteer basis.

It is time for a government inquiry into the abuses by "ex gay" ministries and then take appropriate action, including government mandated disciplinary procedures, based upon those findings. That is not to say this is an infringement on religious freedom. This is the same logic used in restricting cults from animal and child sacrafices and cult prostitution.

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. I am Gay AND a Christian

      Ian Leonard-Nickel
      Petition Organizer

      Just because these organizations call themselves (ambiguously) "christian", doesn't mean they are. The Bible says "by their fruits, you shall know them" (Matthew 7:16) in reference to Christians (Christ's followers).

      The "fruits" that 'ex gay' ministries "bears" is pain, hurt, and death. Nothing that Christ ever would have upheld.

      I know what the Bible says, and I know God loves me and the my sexuality does not make me sinful. These poor kids need too a) Get out of being forced into camps where they are demonized for their "sinful lusts" and b) realize that God loves them too and made them just as they are.

      To people who have signed this petition who are of non-christian persuasion, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I really do. I hope we can help we all make the world a little better of a place to be when this petition is sent at last!

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. Change of Name

      Ian Leonard-Nickel
      Petition Organizer

      Considering the republican domination Congress, I have change the petition to be aimed toward the Office of the President of the United States.

    5. The number of petitioners needed is now 10000! Go and spread the word!

      Ian Leonard-Nickel
      Petition Organizer

      These kids need help! Spread the word!

    6. Reached 25 signatures

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    • eko prastyo SURABAYA, INDONESIA
      • about 2 years ago

      it"s very amazing

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    • Davis Callaway GRIFFIN, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      Those "Therapy" programs cause more suicides a year than depression. Minors Cannot be handed over to their deaths.

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    • stephanie jordan EDGEWATER, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      blanket psychological conditioning to format a human to meet a standard acceptable to a specific band of religious interpretation is far too "1984" to be in practice in 2012

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    • Amber Rolfe RED HOOK, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      These "therapies" will only make people less happy with themselves and make people less accepting of other people's sexual orientations.

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    • christian burket ROSSVILLE, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      The sort of "therapy" is a clear violation of the child's autonomy. There is no medical basis or recognition for such a practice. As such, it has been shown to have severe psychological repercussions to its participants. In this case its unwilling, non-consenting participants. It is a form of hate fueled abuse that should not be tolerated or condoned by the government.

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