The Youth Mental Health Protection Act, which was passed by the Illinois legislature and is effective January 1, 2016, bans “sexual orientation change efforts” in minors. Illinois defines sexual orientation to include gender identity. This law bootstraps transgenderism to sexual orientation. Sexual orientation change efforts have been widely debunked. Gender identity “change” efforts have not. Indeed, one could argue that treatment for gender identity issues that leads to transition is a “sexual orientation change effort.”
We are concerned that the law bans feminist therapists from counseling young people that pretending to be the other sex is a bad idea.