Wyatt Buchanan, SFGate, September 29, 2012
California has become the first state in the country to ban controversial therapy practices that attempt to change the sexual orientation of minors after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to outlaw them Saturday.
The bill, SB1172 by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance (Los Angeles County), bars mental health practitioners from performing so-called reparative therapy, which professional psychological organizations have said may cause harm. Gay rights groups have labeled them dangerous and abusive.
Peter Drake, Advocate.com, August 1, 2012
A survivor of so-called “reparative therapy” tells us why it’s imperative California pass the first law banning the often-harmful practice.
“Parents of Rutgers student who committed suicide change view of homosexuality”
Marianne O’Donnell, NBC News, Jun 27, 2012
The family of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University student who killed himself after discovering his roommate, Dharun Ravi, had spied on him is speaking out for the first time since Ravi’s conviction of hate crimes earlier this year. Ravi was convicted of 15 counts of hate crimes, but served only 20 days in jail.
Peter Drake, Out For Justice, Summer 2012
COIL Founder Peter Drake tells his own story of abuse at the hands of a “conversion therapy” specialist in support of a California bill that would prohibit subjecting minors to these practices.
Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, June 18, 2012
An evangelist talk-show host’s campaign to control the Republican Party.
Bryan Fischer, the host of “Focal Point,” a Christian radio talk show, seeks to make his opposition to gay rights the official stance of the Republican Party.
Wayne Besen, truthwinsout.org, May 30, 2012
Last week, TWO’s Wayne Besen and filmmaker Lisa Darden interviewed Dr. Spitzer at his Princeton, NJ home. This exclusive interview is the first time Spitzer has been videotaped speaking in-depth about his change of heart.
Marisa Lagos, SFGate, May 9, 2012
California could become the first state in the nation to ban therapy aimed at turning gay and lesbian youths straight, after legislators in a key policy committee approved the proposed law Tuesday and sent it to the Senate floor.
SB1172 by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance (Los Angeles County), would make it illegal for therapists and psychologists to provide so-called sexual orientation change therapy – also known as conversion or reorientation therapy – to minors and require them to obtain written consent from adults who wish to undergo the counseling.
Hannah Dreier, The Huffington Post, May 8, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A first-of-its-kind ban on a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight is speeding through the California statehouse.
Supporters say the legislation, which passed its final Senate committee Tuesday, is necessary because such treatments are ineffective and harmful.
“This therapy can be dangerous,” said the bill’s author Sen. Ted Lieu. The Torrance Democrat added the treatments can “cause extreme depression and guilt” that sometimes leads to suicide.