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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8/7/19  5:33 pm
Commenter: Richard DeLoach

Opposition to proposed regulations to limit parental guidance to children

I write to express my opposition to proposed regulations intended to criminalize "any practice or treatment that seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to… reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of any gender.”  Such a regulation would criminalize parental efforts to provide moral guidance for their children in the area of sexual identity/attraction, and is a clear attempt to overcome legislative failures to impose these restrictions in 2016 and 2018. The net effect of these regulations is to accomplish, by the actions of unelected regulators, what was twice rejected by elected representatives of the people.

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