Georgia Could Be Next State To Prohibit ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy
The Georgia Assembly has filed new legislation, House Bill 580 (titled the Youth Mental Health Protection Act), to protect LGBTQ youth from the harmful practice of conversion therapy, which falsely claims to be able to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
Currently, 15 states have successfully passed legislation to ban the use of so-called ‘ex-gay’ therapy on LGBTQ minors.
“All children in Georgia should receive care that first, does no harm. Conversion therapy has no scientific basis and contradicts the medical community’s understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity,” said the bill’s sponsor, Georgia Rep. Matthew Wilson. “I am proud to sponsor this bill that helps ensure the safety of Georgia’s LGBTQ youth by outlawing this incredibly dangerous practice.”
Organizations like The Trevor Project are actively lobbying in every state