PFOX Applauds Lawmakers Who Oppose Therapy Bans as More States Say ‘No’

PFOX Applauds Lawmakers Who Oppose Therapy Bans as More States Say ‘No’

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays Says National Call to Ban Talk Therapy/SOCE Violates Rights to Self-Determination 

For Immediate Release
April 20, 2015

CONTACT:
Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, or Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, Media@hamiltonstrategies.com

RICHMOND, Va.—Even as the White House has stated its support for bans against therapies that can help minors overcome unwanted same-sex attractions and gender confusion, more and more states are saying “no” to laws that prohibit this helpful therapy.

Earlier this month, Colorado lawmakers voted down a proposed law that would have prevented minors from voluntarily seeking talk therapy. In Nevada, a bill to ban Sexual Change Orientation Efforts (SOCE) and talk therapy also appears to be dead.

Next week, lawmakers in Oregon will hear more about talk therapy and SOCE for minors at an April 28 public hearing before the Oregon Senate Committee on Human Services and Early Childhood. The state House has already passed the measure, House Bill 2307, which prohibits minors from seeking help from licensed therapists for unwanted same-sex attractions and gender confusion.

Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org), the nation’s leading advocacy organization that offers love and support to families and friends of individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusion, says numerous states are stepping up to protect the rights of minors and their families who seek voluntary therapy from a licensed therapist or counselor for unwanted same-sex attraction.

“We applaud Colorado, Nevada and other states that have taken the important step to protect the freedom of minors to make their own decisions about their therapy,” Griggs said. “We hope that Oregon makes a similar decision as lawmakers consider this harmful ban there. No one should be prevented from getting the help they want, and our society should allow every child and every person the freedom to be whoever they aspire to be. We know that change is possible, and sometimes, talk therapy is the path that leads to a journey of hope for change and help to overcome unresolved feelings.”

Advocates who work to protect the rights of minors seeking voluntarily talk therapy highlight the fact that last year, 15 states across the country rejected therapy bans, and this year, Arizona, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida,  Iowa and Colorado also said “no” to these destructive bills. Similar bills are also being introduced in other states, such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, but legislators there are choosing to protect the rights of minors by not moving the bills forward.

To offer an additional resource to individuals who are struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions and gender confusion, PFOX offers the Safe Exit program, which provides curriculum, expert speakers and ongoing support to churches that want to open their doors to those struggling, and support to those on a journey to leave the homosexual lifestyle. For information, visit www.pfox.org/safe-exit.

PFOX is a national non-profit organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX supports an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community and works to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals by conducting public education and outreach to further individual self-determination and respect for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation.

PFOX believes that every person seeking positive life change needs the love and support of family, friends, the community and the church and strives to offer a place for help, a place for truth, and a place for ex-gays to participate in the conversation about same-sex attraction. PFOX families love their homosexual child unconditionally, believing that unconditional love between them and their child is based on treating each other with kindness and respect. Each year, men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to seek help in overcoming a gay identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments.

For more information on PFOX, visit its web site at www.PFOX.org, its Facebook page, its Twitter feed @PFOX4U, or email info@pfox.org.

 

 

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization with a mission to support families and educate the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX is committed to supporting parents and friends of gays who want help, hope and community, and exists to provide education and resources. PFOX works toward understanding and acceptance of the ex-gay community.

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To interview a representative from Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays, contact Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, or Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096, or at media@hamiltonstrategies.com.

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