Re "Ban on gay 'cure' therapy delayed" (Capitol & California, Dec. 21): We are Bay Area psychotherapists concerned about opposition from a small group of therapists to a new law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced it will hear their case.
The law bans licensed providers from using dangerous methods to attempt to change someone's sexual orientation or gender expression. Every leading health organization has said these practices don't work. Most children subjected to these methods end up suffering from depression and feeling suicidal.
The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy of California, the California Psychological Association and California's Board of Behavioral Sciences all supported this new law.
Now an anti-LGBT organization wants to stop the new law. We urge the court to remove any obstacles. Californians deserve protection immediately from these harmful practices.
-- Jurgen Braungardt, Louise Monsour, Jim Walker, Chana Wilson, Oakland
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