At the urging of SAVE and Commissioner John Aleman, the Miami Beach City Commission has just voted to ban the practice of dangerous and discredited anti-LGBTQ "conversion therapy."
Thank Representative Richardson, Commissioner Aleman, Mayor Philip Levine and the Miami Beach Commissioners for taking this bold action to protect LGBTQ children! Click here add your name. >>
Also known as “reparative therapy,” this practice is actually not a clinically tested medical therapy at all. This so-called "therapy" is really a dangerous and discredited practice that falsely claims to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Such practices have been condemned by every mainstream medical and mental health organization as bordering on torture, but due to continuing societal bias against LGBTQ people, practice of so-called "conversion therapy" continues without any legal consequence.
Minors are especially vulnerable to the dangers of this sham "cure" for being LGBTQ, and the use of so-called "conversion therapy," especially in LGBTQ children and teenagers, has been tragically proven to lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, self-harm and suicide.
Today's final vote came as a result of the Florida legislature's failure to pass HB137 -- a bill filed by Miami Beach's own outspoken LGBTQ advocate State Representative David Richardson -- which would have outlawed conversion therapy statewide. In the face of such inaction on conversion therapy, SAVE and Rep. Richardson turned instead to local lawmakers to do the work that the legislature refused.
So called "conversion therapy" finds its basis in the prejudiced and outdated view that being LGBTQ is a mental illness in need of treatment. Of course, we know today that being LGBTQ is not a disease, and that sexual orientation and gender identity are psychological traits that generally cannot be changed.
Click here to thank the Miami Beach Commission for taking this crucial action to outlaw conversion therapy! >>
This bold action was only possible because of engaged citizens like you making your voices heard. Thank you for your support.