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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8/2/19  8:49 am
Commenter: Erin White

Conversion therapy is morally wrong and does not work.

Variations in gender expression, sex, and sexual orientation have always existed across animal species and throughout human culture. Trying to "counsel" those traits away is misguided and harmful, and it simply doesn't work. We have seen and heard from people time and time again who have been harmed by this work, and who have later vocally opposed these methods. It doesn't work. It just hurts people.

The best thing we can do for LGBTQ+ youth is believe them and support them.

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