Oklahoma State Legislature, Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors!
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In the Sooner State, conversion therapy for minors is legal.
Conversion therapy--also known as reparative therapy or sexual reorientation therapy--endeavors to change a person's non-heterosexuality to heterosexuality or a transgender person's gender expression to match their assigned sex at birth. This form of "therapy" is cruel, harmful, and tantamount to torture and has been repudiated and declared pseudoscience.
The side effects of conversion therapy include (but are not limited to) depression, suicidality, anxiety, shame, self-blame, loss of faith, self-hatred, substance abuse, feelings of anger and betrayal, decreased self-esteem, feelings of being dehumanized, hostility and blame toward parents, stress, social withdrawal, loss of friends, and problems with sexual and emotional intimacy.
We need Oklahoma to join New Jersey, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Illinois, and Oregon in banning conversion therapy.
Organizations including the American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American School Counselor Association, and National Association of Social Workers have repudiated conversion therapy and declared conversion therapy pseudoscience.
Banning conversion therapy would send a clear message to our LGBTQIA youth: that their sexual orientation and/or gender identity is neither something to be ashamed of nor something to be changed.
This is why we are asking the Oklahoma State Legislature to ban conversion therapy for minors.
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