State Rep. Kelly Cassidy

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy

Equality Illinois sends the following good news via e-mail:

Moments ago, the Illinois House Human Services Committee approved the Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act by a 9 to 6 vote, and Equality Illinois is calling on the Illinois House of Representatives to protect minors by passing the bill this spring.

So-called “conversion therapies” for youths pretend to supposedly “cure” people of being gay, but have actually proven to be very harmful and are actively opposed by leading mental health and medical professional groups. Since the passage of the marriage bill last November, the conversion therapy ban has been among the top state-level priorities for Equality Illinois.

This bill would ensure that the most vulnerable individuals, those already struggling in the face of homophobia and transphobia, are not targeted and subjected to a practice that medical practitioners deem harmful and inappropriate. The measure would prohibit mental health providers from engaging in any effort to change the sexual orientation of anyone under the age of 18.

We are grateful for the work of the chief House sponsor, state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, and her cosponsors in advancing the bill and urge the full House to quickly follow suit. Illinois has been a leader in fighting anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace and in public accommodations, and it should be a leader in protecting our youth from this false and potentially dangerous treatment.

We at Truth Wins Out applaud the fine work Rep. Cassidy and others are doing, in Illinois and around the country, to protect innocent kids from being forced into these sorts of treatments, which have been shown to ruin lives.