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Petition to Sen. John Bizon, Sen. Winnie Brinks, Rep. Hank Vaupel, Rep. Ben Frederick, Rep. Frank Liberati, Sen. Curt VanderWall

Ban Conversion Therapy in Michigan: Pass HB 4515 and SB 284

NOTE: Please sign this petition and this other petition to encourage public hearings in the House and Senate on these bills, which needs to happen BEFORE the bills are passed! Thank you! Michigan House Bill 4515 and Senate Bill 284 will effectively ban the practice of conversion therapy with minors by mental health professionals. Conversion therapy, also referred to as reparative therapy, is the practice of attempting to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity using professionally discredited practices that can cause great harm, especially among youth who are forced to receive such services by individual practitioners or camps.  There is no scientific evidence that conversion therapy is effective in changing one’s sexual orientation or gender identity, and rather research supports that it may cause both immediate and lifelong harm, including suicide. A recent study found a 3X likelihood of clinical depression and 5X likelihood of a suicide attempt among youth who had undergone conversion therapy. All primary U.S. associations of mental health professionals publicly oppose the use of conversion therapy including the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Counseling Association, and National Association of Social Workers; including those associations specific to providers of mental health care to minors, including American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine. As of April 2019, 16 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have banned the use of conversion therapy for minors by mental health professionals, and Michigan has an opportunity to be the next state in the US to ban this harmful practice. We, the undersigned, urge your support of Senate Bill 284 and House Bill 4515 which will ban the use of conversion therapy in the state of Michigan by licensed mental health professionals.

Mental Health Action Coalition for Michigan's Youth
64,892 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to MSNBC

MSNBC: Fire Known Homophobe Joy Reid

MSNBC anchor Joy Reid has a long and well-documented past of being bigoted and homophobic. The LGBTQ community is under attack everyday from those around us, from the Trump administration, and from the rise in hate crimes across the country. LGBTQ youth are 3 times more likely to contemplate suicide and 5 times more likely to attempt suicide. With people like Joy Reid on the air, it is no wonder these numbers are still so high. Some of the things that Joy Reid has said about the LGBTQ community are:-“defending former NBA star Tim Hardaway’s aggressively anti-gay comments that he 'hates gay people' by writing that while such comments are stupid for a public figure to make: ‘most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing’”-arguing that “intrinsic” to being straight is finding gay sex acts “gross”-“defending Marine General Peter Pace after he condemned ‘homosexual acts’ as ‘immoral’ by suggesting his views are actually normal”;-"adult gay men tend to be attracted to very young, post-pubescent types.”-Calling straight Congressman Charlie Crist "Miss Charlie" and going so far as to say "I can just see poor Charlie on the honeymoon [to his wife], ogling the male waiters and thinking to himself, ‘God, do I actually have to see her naked?’” While Reid has apologized after immense public pressure, she first tried to claim that the quotes, taken from her blog, were the result of her being hacked. It is hard to take an apology seriously when she first tried to cover her tracks with such a ridiculous tale. Additionally, if you keep a close eye on her current views, she is still very critical of people in the LGBTQ community, though now she doesn't use their sexual orientation as the reason.  With so much on the line for the well-being of the LGBTQ community, it is well past time that MSNBC take this toxic person off the air.  We want to make it clear that by MSNBC continuing to keep Joy Reid on the air, they are endorsing her comments.

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