Rep. Keisha Waites @keishawaites & HB 716 (USA)

Georgia Rep. Keisha Waites introduced legislation to ban “sexual orientation change efforts” (more commonly called “conversion therapy”) with a person under 18 years of age. Unfortunately, the definition of “sexual orientation change efforts” includes gender identity, thus the bill would effectively ban therapy that suggests to children that gender identity itself is a false construct. Conversion therapy is … Continue reading “Rep. Keisha Waites @keishawaites & HB 716 (USA)”

Youth Mental Health Protection Act (USA)

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 … Continue reading “Youth Mental Health Protection Act (USA)”

Doe v. New Jersey (USA)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit rejected a constitutional challenge to Assembly Bill A3371, a New Jersey statute banning the provision of “sexual orientation change efforts” (“SOCE”) counseling to minors. The challenge was brought by a minor seeking to undergo SOCE counseling and by his parents. The court previously rejected a challenge brought by counselors. … Continue reading “Doe v. New Jersey (USA)”

King v. Governor of N.J. (USA)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has affirmed a New Jersey law banning sexual orientation change efforts (“SOCE”), more commonly called “gay conversion therapy.” Classifying the speech at issue – the therapists’ advertising of “conversion therapy” and the therapy itself – as “professional,” the court held that professional speech receives diminished protection under the First … Continue reading “King v. Governor of N.J. (USA)”

Tara King v. Christie (USA)

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the legality of New Jersey’s newly enacted ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors, saying the law does not violate anyone’s freedom of speech or religion. Days after Gov. Chris Christie signed the law in August, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Tara King, a therapist in … Continue reading “Tara King v. Christie (USA)”

Pennsylvania (USA)

H.B. 1811 would prohibit mental health professionals from engaging in “sexual orientation change efforts” with an individual under 18 years of age.  “Sexual orientation change efforts”  means any practices by mental health professionals that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation, including, but not limited to, efforts to change behaviors, gender identity or gender expressions (not … Continue reading “Pennsylvania (USA)”

Conversion Therapy Ban Lawsuits (USA)

Lawsuits over the constitutionality of laws banning “conversion therapy” will likely result in review of the issue by the U.S. Supreme court. At issue is whether state laws like those passed in Calfornia and New Jersey that ban “conversion” therapy violate the practitioner’s right to free speech under the First Amendment.  The U.S. Court of … Continue reading “Conversion Therapy Ban Lawsuits (USA)”

Pickup v. Brown (California, USA)

Plaintiffs sought to enjoin Senate Bill (SB) 1172 from taking effect on January 1, 2013. The bill prohibits licensed mental health professionals in California from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts (“SOCE”) with minors.  Plaintiffs, who are therapists, parents and minors, contend SB 1172 violates their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.  They sought a preliminary injunction to stop … Continue reading “Pickup v. Brown (California, USA)”

Pennsylvania (USA)

Pennsylvania is the latest state to consider the Prohibition on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts on Mental Health Treatment Act. H.B. 2691 bans “sexual orientation change efforts” towards minors  under age 18.  “Sexual orientation change efforts” includes efforts to change behaviors or “gender expressions.” H.B. 2691

New Jersey (USA)

New Jersey legislators have introduced a bill to ban reparative therapy and “sexual orientation change efforts” for minors.   Sexual orientation change efforts means the practice of seeking to change a person’s sexual orientation, including, but not limited to, efforts to change behaviors, gender identity, or gender expressions, or to reduce or eliminate sexual or … Continue reading “New Jersey (USA)”