HRC Urges California Governor Jerry Brown to Support Bill Protecting LGBT Youth
August 29, 2012 by Charlie Joughin
Today HRC President Chad Griffin sent a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown urging him to support SB 1172, a bill prohibiting therapists from harming youth by subjecting them to dangerous efforts that purport to change one’s sexual orientation.
The letter details the consequences of continued demonization of LGBT people, citing HRC’s landmark study of LGBT youth released in June. The top concerns for LGBT youth revolved around a lack of acceptance by family, classmates, and society more generally. In contrast, straight youth worried about classes, grades, college acceptance, and financial pressures. This stress is unsurprising considering that 89 percent of California youth reported hearing negative messages about being LGBT – 63 percent of those youth say those messages come from elected leaders.
The majority of national organizations with expertise in mental health either opposes or warns about the negative effects of efforts to change sexual orientation, including: the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American School Counselor Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Pan American Health Organization.
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