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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8/8/19  12:00 am
Commenter: Scot Sumner

No to conversion therapy

As a 60 year old gay man who underwent conversion therapy at 19 I can tell you it did not change my sexuality, it did however feed the self loathing that I felt at being different. I did not want to be gay, I did not chose or decide to be gay, I just simply am gay. This is who iIam and it took me a while to learn to be okay with it. Conversion therapy sends the wrong message and can lead to self loathing and self destructive behaviors.

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