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