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‘Ex-gay therapy’ survivors, experts to testify Tuesday in support of plan by Sen. Ted W. Lieu to ban bogus sexual orientation change efforts
June 25, 2012
Hearing to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 26
SACRAMENTO – Flanked by survivors and others, Sen. Ted W. Lieu of Torrance on Tuesday will outline during an Assembly policy review his plan to make California the first state in the nation to crack down on unethical and discriminatory practices that falsely promise to change a person’s sexual orientation.
Already approved by the Senate, Senate Bill 1172 is scheduled to be heard by the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee beginning at 9 a.m. in Room 447 of the state Capitol.
Lieu’s patient-protection plan would help to ensure that parents and patients aren't misled by unscrupulous mental-health providers who falsely promise to change a person’s sexual orientation and prevent these providers from exposing young people to the serious harms associated with sexual orientation change efforts.
These efforts have no basis in medical science and can have devastating, long-term health impacts including anxiety, depression, feelings of worthlessness, self-destructive behavior and self-harm and even suicide, according to leading medical and psychological professional associations that have issued warnings against the practice. Recent testimony made during Senate policy-committee reviews on SB 1172 by both survivors and therapists confirmed these findings.
As written, SB 1172 would prohibit licensed mental health professionals from subjecting young people under 18 to any sexual orientation-change efforts.
• WHO: Sen. Ted W. Lieu, and representatives of Equality California, sponsor of SB 1172; representatives for bill co-sponsors Mental Health America of Northern California and the National Center for Lesbian Rights; plus survivors Ryan Kendall and James Guay.
• WHAT: The first Assembly policy review of SB 1172.
• WHEN: 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012. NOTE: Bills are to be heard in file order; SB 1172 the seventh of 19 bills to be reviewed.
• WHERE: State Capitol, Room 447.
• WHY: To conduct the first Assembly policy review of SB 1172.
On hand will be James Guay, a survivor of sexual orientation change efforts and a marriage and family therapist who now treats other survivors. To read Guay’s Op-Ed on his ordeal, published in the Los Angeles Times, click HERE. Also testifying will be survivor Ryan Kendall, who testified about his experience in the Perry v. Brown legal challenge to Proposition 8 and whose Op-Ed on his ordeal, was published June 22 in the Torrance Daily Breeze. To read Kendall's op-ed, click HERE.
Reporters may ask questions about SB 1172 after Tuesday’s vote by participating in a telephone conference call with Sen. Lieu, sponsors and survivors beginning at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday. To obtain the call-in number and password, please email your request from your news organization’s email address to email@example.com.
For more, visit Lieu’s Web site at the addresses below.
Ted W. Lieu represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 28, which includes the cities of Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Venice and Torrance, as well as portions of Long Beach, Los Angeles and San Pedro. For more, visit www.senate.ca.gov/lieu