Filed By Karen Ocamb October 01, 5: LivingMarriage Equality Tags: This could be an LGBT movement game changer. But even more importantly, the bill California Gov. Jerry Brown signed late Saturday Atascadero state hospital homosexual dachau, SBcould mark the beginning of the end of the inculcated religious and cultural shame over homosexuality that has caused so many kids to kill themselves and so many distraught parents to try to "change" their children's sexual orientation or gender expression.
With a stroke of his pen, Brown officially concurred with what late gay movement pioneers Harry Hay, Frank Kameny, Barbara Gittings ings and Gay Liberationists Morris Kight and still-practicing therapist Don Kilhefner have been saying for more than 50 years: Using Atascadero state hospital homosexual dachau methods to try to force kids - including trans kids - to think otherwise, the new law says, is psychological child abuse.
Ted Lieu 's bill SB prohibits licensed therapists from practicing the junk science known as "reparative" or "ex-gay" manipulation to try to change a minor's sexual orientation. These practices have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery," Brown said in a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle.
No one should stand idly by while children are being psychological abused, and anyone who forces a child to try to change their sexual orientation must understand this is unacceptable If anyone had any doubts such practices were evil, they need only listen to accounts of victims who went through this abusive practice. Some victims, such as Kirk Murphy, committed suicide. This law is partly in remembrance of Kirk.
The so-called "ex-gay" or "reparative therapy" - that is, "therapy" to "repair" homosexuality - has a very long, dark legal and culturally acceptable history. InDavid Mixner wrote about the Atascadero State Hospital"a chamber of horrors for homosexuals: The tag 'Homosexual Dachau' was well-earned for its forced lobotomies, castrations and brutal treatments practiced at that facility.
Hundreds of gays and lesbians were forcibly sent by their families to be cured of homosexuality which, as recently as the early s, was considered a sexual and psychological disorder Even up untilsimply being a homosexual could result in a life Atascadero state hospital homosexual dachau. Twenty states had laws stating that the mere fact you were a homosexual was reason for imprisonment. In California of all places and Pennsylvania, we could be put away for life in a mental hospital.
In seven states castration was permitted as a way to stop homosexual 'deviants.
At Atascadero State Hospital, doctors I use that term loosely were permitted under an obscure California law to commit those who practiced sodomy into the hospital.
Once admitted, normal men and women were rendered mentally disabled Atascadero state hospital homosexual dachau the torture of castration, lobotomies, forced chemical treatments and experimental treatments. The horrors experienced by hundreds are almost too hard to comprehend in America.
The most notorious was a Dr. Freeman who perfected the ice pick lobotomy. He jammed an ice pick through a homosexual's eyes into the brain and performed a primitive lobotomy.
He believed deeply this was the only way to cure homosexuality.
Despite the number of professional psychological associations that debunked the "science" of "change" therapy to "cure" homosexuality, no legislator until Lieu has successfully taken a stand on behalf of LGBT people as patients harmed by these bogus and unethical practices.
The medical community has labeled such efforts as non-scientific and dangerous because in some cases patients later committed suicide or suffered severe mental and physical anguish. Those facts became part of the public record
Atascadero state hospital homosexual dachau lengthy testimony, including emotional accounts from survivors, presented during lengthy policy-committee reviews on SB With Governor Brown's signature, California becomes the first state in the nation to protect LGBT young people from these dangerous practices, including the use of shame, verbal abuse, and aversion therapy, that place youth at high risk of depression and suicide Efforts to change minors' sexual orientation are not therapy, they are the relics of prejudice and abuse that have inflicted untold harm on young lesbian, "Atascadero state hospital homosexual dachau," bisexual and transgender Californians," said Clarissa Filgioun, Equality California board president.
This law will ensure that state-licensed therapists can no longer abuse their power to harm LGBT youth and propagate the dangerous and deadly lie that sexual orientation is an illness or disorder that can Atascadero state hospital homosexual dachau 'cured. Ryan Kendall, a survivor of the practice who testified in the Perry v. Brown legal challenge to Proposition 8, described his experience earlier this summer to the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee: In order to stop the therapy that misled my parents into believing that I could somehow be made straight, I was forced to run away from home, surrender myself to the local department of human services, and legally separate myself from my family.
At the age of 16, I had lost everything. My Atascadero state hospital homosexual dachau and my faith had rejected me, and the damaging messages of conversion therapy, coupled with this rejection, drove me to the brink of suicide. This victory would not have been possible without the dedication and collaboration of dozens of organizations and individuals, many of whom--such as survivors Kendall and Peter Drake--opened their lives and sacrificed their privacy to share the damage they suffered as a result of these abusive practices.
In addition to the SB 's sponsors, the bill was supported by dozens of organizations, including a
Atascadero state hospital homosexual dachau of mental health organizations, including: Courage Campaign Founder Rick Jacobswho led a coalition campaign of community and labor leaders urging the legislature to pass SB Governor Brown has shown courage for enacting the first law in the nation to ban 'conversion therapy' for gay people.
This law will save lives here and across the nation by ending the torture of Atascadero state hospital homosexual dachau people through the quackery that suggests that gay people can decide somehow not to be gay, which is akin to white people deciding not to be white. Once again, California is a model for the nation. Jerry Brown has signed into law SBa bill that will put an end to dangerous and disproved efforts designed to change a young person's sexual orientation or gender expression that have proven to inflict great emotional harm.
Upon learning of the governor's signing of the bill, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin issued the following statement:. LGBT youth will now be protected from a practice that has not only been debunked as junk science, but has been proven to have drastically negative effects on their well-being. We commend Governor Brown for putting children first, and call on all states to take California's lead on this issue.
We will continue our fight against this kind of child abuse, which has been deemed harmful to children by all major mental health, medical, and child welfare organizations. This week nearly 50, concerned citizens signed a Human Rights Campaign petition urging the Governor to sign the bill. Efforts to change sexual orientation or gender expression have been debunked as junk science, and have also been proven harmful to children and adults.
All major medical and mental health organizations have denounced the practice including: Learn more at www.