Bill Would Ban Gay Conversion Therapy for Teens in Florida

There's no such thing as an ex-gay, just people with a whole lot of issues. Any efforts to try to change a person's sexual orientation have been proven to be dangerous quackery.

Well, Rep. David Richardson (D-Miami Beach), has introduced a bill in the Florida house that would ban gay conversation therapy. Though, he doesn't expect it to get passed, as this is Florida after all.

Gay conversion therapy has been dubbed "pseudoscientific" at best, and abusive at worse. Mainstream medical groups, including the American Psychiatric Association have condemned the practice.

One of the main fringe groups that supports gay conversion therapy is the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality. They're largely discredited. In fact, one of their former "scientific" advisors and officers George Alan Rekers was caught taking a European vacation with a male rent boy by New Times back in 2010. That's pretty much all you need to know about that.

Richardson's bill would ban professionals from attempting gay conversion therapy on anyone under 18 in the state. That includes licensed health care professionals, social workers and family therapists. However, the ban would not include unlicensed religious leaders.

Richardson introduced a similar bill last year, but it didn't even make it to committee. He tells the Palm Beach Post that he hopes it at least makes it to committee this year, but still feels it will be unlikely to pass in the Republican-controlled legislature. That's despite massive scientific evidence that practice is ineffectual and potentially harmful.

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Kyle Munzenrieder