Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduces Congressional resolution targeting anti-LGBT ‘conversion therapy’
November 28, 2012
By Scottie Thomaston
Today, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) is introducing a ‘Stop Harming Our Kids’ resolution to fight anti-LGBT ‘conversion therapy’ – efforts to ‘change’ a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Conversion therapy has been condemned by all the reputable mental health organizations, and the psychiatrist who wrote the study backing the practice has since repudiated it and apologized.
California has since passed a law banning conversion therapy and Governor Jerry Brown signed it. (The law is facing court challenges from organizations that practice this form of ‘therapy’.) And yesterday, the Southern Poverty Law Center announced a lawsuit against one organization that practices conversion therapy, alleging fraud.
At a press conference in Washington DC this morning, Rep. Speier will discuss “the resolution and her efforts to investigate whether taxpayer funds have been used to reimburse therapists for this discredited and ineffective practice through the federal Medicaid or TRICARE healthcare programs” according to a press release received by Prop 8 Trial Tracker.
The text of the resolution has not yet been released, but it is inclusive: aimed at curbing efforts to change both sexual orientation and gender identity.
At the press conference with Speier will be survivors of this practice as well as representatives of LCSW, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Human Rights Campaign (HRC).