conversion therapy

Don’t Let Gender Politics Interfere With Clinical Care: Testimony to Senate Committee on HB 587 (2018)

Testimony provided to N.H. Senate Health and Human Services Committee 4/10/18 by Shannon McGinley, Executive Director, Cornerstone Action. Please vote “inexpedient to legislate” on HB 587, relative to conversion therapy seeking to change a person’s sexual orientation. Cornerstone has opposed this bill since its introduction. Since our testimony to a House committee in February 2017, we have heard from professional therapists who are appalled …

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N.H. House Passes Bill to Muzzle Therapists; It’s Time for Messages to Senate & Governor

The therapy ban has passed the New Hampshire House. Next stop: the Senate. The House passed HB 587 by a vote of 179-171 on February 8. See below for details of the vote. The measure seeks to prohibit licensed mental health professionals from offering talk therapy for minors who are experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria. The bill threatens loss of licensure for …

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Therapy Bans: Committee Says “No,” and Cornerstone Agrees

Two bills written to interfere with licensed counselors, HB 587 and SB 244, will get House votes in January 2018 after being retained by the House Health and Human Services Committee last spring.  These two bills are about what sponsors call “conversion therapy,” but the truth is that these bills would create a therapy ban for licensed counselors working with minors struggling with same-sex …

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Retained Bills Coming to N.H. House in January

New Hampshire House committees have made their recommendations on bill that were retained for study earlier this year. Each of these bills will be voted on by the full House early in 2018. HB 287, Study Changes to Prostitution Laws in New Hampshire: The House committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety approved an amended version of HB 287 on a 14-6 vote. The …

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Testimony on Conversion Therapy Ban, SB 224 (2017)

Testimony delivered by Shannon McGinley for Cornerstone Action.  Please vote to ITL on SB 224. This bill would prohibit licensed counselors from counseling minors regarding unwanted same-sex attraction. Sexual attractions, especially during adolescence, are fluid and subject to change therefore, I feel it is premature to even use the term “orientation” or “conversion therapy” when discussing their sexuality. These are labels that can make …

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HB 587, Conversion Therapy Ban (2017)

Submitted to House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee by Shannon McGinley, February 16, 2017. Please vote “inexpedient to legislate” on HB 587, relative to conversion therapy seeking to change a person’s sexual orientation. Sexual orientation, especially in adolescence, is fluid and subject to change. I have five sons including two teenagers, and we are caring for another teenage boy who lives with us …

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