California Becomes the First State to Legalize Protection From Anti-Gay Psychological Practices

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Late on Saturday night, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a monumental bill (SB 1172) into law, that will put an end to dangerous and disproved efforts by mental health professionals that are designed to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender expression, which have proven to inflict great emotional harm.  The past week the Human Rights Campaign created a petition urging Gov. Brown to sign SB 1172, which received nearly 50,000 supporters in California. “We are grateful to Gov. Brown for his leadership by standing with California’s children.  LGBT youth will now be protected from a practice that has been proven to have drastically negative effects on their well-being,” said the HRC on the signing of this  historical legislation. “This newly signed law is now a model for the country, and our hope is that other states will adopt it in short order to end this child abuse.” [HRC]

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