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State House News article on Anti-Therapy Bill H97 reveals lobbying efforts by LGBT movement

Individual bills that simply clear the House committees rarely get a writeup in State House News unless a loobying effort is behind them to publicize it. In this case, it's a national LGBT activist organization based in San Francisco and Washington DC.

Note that the article mentions 2 states that have already passed it -- but they neglect to mention that 20 states have rejected it. Not too surprising.


JANUARY 13, 2016 - Licensed mental health or human services professionals in Massachusetts would be banned from using therapeutic practices to change a minor's sexual orientation or gender identity, under legislation that's newly before the Massachusetts House. The bill (H 97) banning conversion therapy cleared two legislative committees last year and House leaders on Monday agreed to place the bill on the House's formal session calendar, making it eligible to emerge for floor debate and potential advancement. The bill is sponsored by Newton Rep. Kay Khan.

At a public hearing in July before the Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, opponents of the legislation argued that it would ban "reparative" therapy practiced for people who suffered a traumatic experience that influenced their sexuality.

Those supporting the ban said it would prohibit psychologically damaging and misguided attempts to alter a child's sexuality to conform to cultural norms.

According to a fact sheet on the bill, it also requires mandatory reporters to report cases of suspected instances of the use of conversion therapy with a minor and defines ads promoting conversion therapy as deceptive practices that violate consumer protection laws under the purview of the attorney general. Similar laws have been enacted in California and New Jersey, and according to Samantha Ames, staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights where she is the BornPerfect Campaign coordinator, similar bills were introduced in 18 states in 2015.

- Michael Norton/SHNS



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