Minnesota Senate and House Leaders: Protect Children From Dangerous Anti-Gay Conversion Therapy
  • Petitioning Minnesota Governor
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Minnesota Governor
Minnesota-061B
State Rep. Paul Thissen
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Minnesota-065
State Sen. Sandra Pappas
Minnesota-003
State Sen. Thomas Bakk
Minnesota
Gov. Mark Dayton
Minnesota-064A
State Rep. Erin Murphy

Minnesota Senate and House Leaders: Protect Children From Dangerous Anti-Gay Conversion Therapy

    1. Alec Fischer
    2. Petition by

      Alec Fischer

      Minneapolis, MN

My name is Alec Fischer. Growing up as a gay male in Minnesota I have experienced many forms of discrimination due to my sexual orientation.  I was bullied horrifically in middle school for being perceived as gay, and like many people who experience bullying, the problem got so bad that I attempted suicide.

Thankfully, when I got to high school, I was fortunate enough to come out to peers and family members who loved and accepted me for who I was. But we know this is not the case for many other youth who identify as LGBT in our state and across the country.  That's why I want my state to take a stand for LGBT youth, and ban "ex-gay" conversion therapy.

Gay conversion therapy is a discredited practice in which youth are subjected to psychologically damaging "treatment" by psychologists and counselors who falsely claim they can "fix" the sexual orientation of children who identify as being LGBT. 

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and every leading medical organization condemns conversion therapy. The APA claims it can lead to depression and suicidal thoughts among those who experience it.  Specific symptoms acquired from patients post-conversion therapy have included:

Depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame, social withdrawal, suicidality, substance abuse, stress, disapointment, self-blame, loss of friends, and high risk sexual behaviors.

According to the CDC and the Trevor Project, lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. In a study conducted by San Francisco State University, researchers compared LGBT teens who were accepted by their families with LGBT teens who were rejected and met with hostility and anger by their families.  They found that teens who weren't accepted were 8 times more likely to attempt suicide than teens who were accepted by their families.  They also found that these teens were 6 times more likely to report high levels of depression, more than 3 times as likely to use illegal drugs, and were 3 times more likely to be at a high risk for HIV and other STDs.

Minnesota has gathered national attention due to Michele Bachmann's husband Marcus Bachmann. His counseling clinic "Bachmann & Associates" was exposed by national news outlets for offering gay conversion therapy as a method of "treatment" for LGBT citizens.

Currently, every state except for California and New Jersey allows conversion therapy to be performed on minors. Many states have recently introduced legislation to ban the harmful practice, including PA, FL, OH, and Washington DC.

Legislators in MN are already looking into addressing the problem of allowing conversion therapy as a "treatment option" for youth.

In order to successfully introduce legislation banning conversion therapy for minors in MN, public support and outreach towards MN Senators and Representatives is essential.  Together we can spread awareness and create a movement to end ex-gay therapy in MN.  Together we can show that we won't stand idly by and let our LGBT youth suffer from this unethical therapy.  With your help we can show our lawmakers that we don't want to allow psychiatrists within our state to fix something that isn't broken.

Please sign my petition asking lawmakers to support legislation banning this harmful practice and help us make Minnesota a safer place for all children.  

Thank you,

Alec Fischer

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Bill Introduced!

      Alec Fischer
      Petition Organizer

      Our bill has been introduced into the MN House and the MN Senate! HF 1906 and SF 1727 are now official thanks to Representative Susan Allen and Senator John Marty!

    2. Reached 100,000 signatures
    3. Decision-maker Paul Thissen responds:

      Paul Thissen

      Thank you for your email in support of banning the use of “gay conversion” therapy. I appreciate you sharing your perspective, and wanted to just drop you a short note to let you know that I agree with you completely.

      As you may hav...


    4. Reached 75,000 signatures
    5. MN Daily covers our efforts!

      Alec Fischer
      Petition Organizer
      Student petitions governor, lawmakers to ban conversion therapy in Minnesota

      EDINA, Minn. - An openly gay University of Minnesota political science major is spearheading a petition asking Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers to pass a law in the upcoming 2014 legislative session that would ban "ex-gay " therapy for minors.

    6. LGBTQ Nation covers our efforts!

      Alec Fischer
      Petition Organizer
      Student petitions governor, lawmakers to ban conversion therapy in Minnesota

      EDINA, Minn. - An openly gay University of Minnesota political science major is spearheading a petition asking Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers to pass a law in the upcoming 2014 legislative session that would ban "ex-gay " therapy for minors.

    7. Reached 40,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • PAMELA BAIRD TUCSON, AZ
      • 6 days ago

      Why isn't it important to everyone?

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    • LINDA NIELSON LEHI, UT
      • 27 days ago

      I DON'T BELIEVE IT IS SOMETHING THAT CAN BE FIXED, I BELIEVE IT IS GENETIC

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    • Michael Albanese SUN VALLEY, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      Parents, would you like to see your straight daughter marry a converted ex-gay man? Be the first on your block to stand up and be counted!

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    • Connor Johnson HOUSTON, TX
      • 2 months ago

      yes

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    • Linda Tesdall BOONE, IA
      • 3 months ago

      People need to accept themselves for who they are as well as having respect for others who may be different. Sexual orientation is not an illness. It is not a learned behavior. It is not something that you can (or need to) fix! This therapy is just another form of abuse in my opinion and I can't imagine exposing anyone to such barbaric thinking, much less a child.

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