CLM joined together with Mass Equality (http://www.massequality.org/), the Massachusetts Coalition to Ban Conversion Therapy, and other organizations to lobby for legislature that would ban the highly discredited practice of “Conversion Therapy” most commonly defined as the attempt to change Sexual orientation / gender identity, attempts to reduce or eliminate same-sex attraction and transgender identity. Practices include using shame to
instill self-loathing and/or aversive conditioning, e.g. inducing nausea or administering electric shocks; and hypnotizing subjects to impose change.
Conversion Therapy is both harmful and discredited. The practice is deemed quackery and universally condemned by leading professional organizations.
On June 27, 2018, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed H 4664 “An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors” by a 137-14 margin.
The measure failed to get through the Senate before the legislative session closed, so CLM is continuing its lobbying efforts to get the bill passed in the coming session.