End Conversion Therapy for Minors in Indiana

End Conversion Therapy for Minors in Indiana

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Noble County Equality started this petition to Representative David Abbott and

A petition calling for Indiana legislators David Abbott, representing Indiana's 82nd House District; and Sue Glick, representing Indiana's 13th Senate District, to support bills in their respective chambers to end conversion therapy in minors by licensed mental health professionals in the State of Indiana or be subject to pertinent disciplinary action as prescribed by state law; and calling for the Kendallville City Council and all other municipal governmental bodies to pass supporting resolutions for the same.

Senate Bill 284 & House Bill 1231 both seek to prohibit mental health providers from engaging in conversion therapy in persons under the age of 18. According to the language in HB 1231, conversion therapy is  any practice or treatment that seeks to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, including any effort to change gender expression or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attraction or feelings toward individuals of the same gender. This excludes therapy intended to assist minors in transitioning to their identified gender. 

What is conversion therapy?

Aside from the definition found in the aforementioned legislation, conversion therapy (also called reparative therapy) can be defined as the utilization of numerous psychological methods intended to change a person's sexual orientation/identity. There is no evidence that conversion therapy works. On the contrary, conversion therapy doesn't lead to a hetrosexual inclinations, but rather intensifies an individual's' shame for being gay or identifying with the wrong gender. 

"In fact 'reparative or conversion therapies' have not supported authentic change in sexual orientation itself. ... There is no conclusive evidence that 'reparative therapy' is beneficial to patients. ... Harmful sequelae of reparative therapy reported in the literature include anxiety, depression, avoidance of intimacy, sexual dysfunction, PTSD, loss of self-confidence and self-efficacy, shame/guilt, self-destructive behavior, and suicidality." (Powell, Lois; Hein, Laura. "Position Statement On Reparative Therapy" (PDF). ispn-psych.org. International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses)

The above quoted material is just a taste. A virtual majority of all mental health professionals agree that "conversion therapy" does more harm than it does "changing" an individual's orientation.

Although we prefer for conversion therapy to be banned outright for all licensed practitioners, we note that the practice's impact on minors is inferrably more pronounced considering the developing minds of minors, and therefore the practice's long-term impact is especially more detrimental in minors than in adults. Therefore, we urge Indiana Rep David Abbott and Indiana Senator Sue Glick to support the legislation in their respective chambers to ban the practice in minors. 

 

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