Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
Action Unprofessional conduct - conversion therapy
Comment Period Ended on 8/7/2019
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7/26/19  1:56 pm
Commenter: Kieran Carter

Parental rights and so-called "Conversion therapy

I am a mother and grandmother.  I know how fluid sexual identity can be at various points in a young person's life.  A ban of so-called  "Conversion therapy" denies young people access to all points of view and credible adult voices that help to guide them in their difficult journey.  This proposal is unconstitutional--Virginia cannot prevent anyone from offering advice that is pro-gay or pro-trans and should not also attempt to ban counselors, educators, parents or other people from offering sane and judicious advice to any person who believes he or she is gay or transsexual.  Parents and families, friends and helpful professionals not the overarching state government are the ones who should decide what type of care any minor child needs to grow into a happy and healthy adult.  No law, no regulation to prevent this--period! 


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