REP. TED LIEU STATEMENT ON INTRODUCTION OF SENATE BILL TO END CONVERSION THERAPY

April 28, 2016
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement following Senators Patty Murray (D | WA) and Cory Booker (D | NJ) introducing legislation to empower the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on so-called “conversion therapy” that falsely claims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

“I am honored that Senator Murray and Senator Booker have introduced the Senate companion to the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act. Last year, I introduced this legislation to enact the first federal ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’.

“Being lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender cannot be and does not need to be ‘cured’, and it is clearly in the best interest of our nation to protect LGBT Americans and their families from being defrauded by conversion therapists. Conversion therapy cannot change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. However, it does seriously harm those subjected to it, leading to depression, suicidal thoughts, and family rejection. All of the mainstream medical and mental health organizations have denounced conversion therapy and it is time Congress does as well.

“I am thankful for Senator Murray’s and Senator Booker’s leadership in the Senate and grateful that the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act now has broad bicameral support. I urge our colleagues in the House and the Senate to join us in the fight to end the quackery that is conversion therapy.”

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