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Atheists: End Conversion Therapy in Virginia

Richmond, VA–Today, American Atheists submitted testimony supporting HB 386, a bill that would protect young LGBTQ Virginians from harmful conversion therapy.

Conversion therapy consists of dangerous and discredited practices, often religiously based, that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

This legislation would protect LGBTQ young people in three ways:

  1. Professional standards for state-licensed health care providers would consider conversion therapy an unacceptable business practice for anyone under age 18.
  2. Those who perform conversion therapy would face disciplinary action.
  3. Virginia could not extend funds to support conversion therapy.

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