August 29, 2013
Statement from Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO
West Hollywood, CA (August 29, 2013) – Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld California SB 1172, which regulates state licensed mental health providers while limiting dangerous and harmful sexual orientation change efforts. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law last year, and on August 13, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey signed a similar bill into law. Related bills have been introduced in Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania. After hearing the news from the Ninth Circuit, Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project issued the following statement:
“The Trevor Project thanks the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for upholding legislation that will protect minors from dangerous and discredited sexual orientation change efforts. Sexual orientation change efforts, sometimes referred to as ‘reparative therapy’ or ‘conversion therapy,’ do not work to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, neither are they condoned by any major medical organization. In fact, studies show that LGBTQ youth who are subjected to or coerced into these harmful practices are more likely to face a range of negative outcomes including depression, substance abuse and suicidality.
“We commend the efforts of lawmakers, mental health practitioners, and organizations in California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and elsewhere for standing up in defense of vulnerable lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and working to get these harmful practices off the books.”
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people under 24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline, instant messaging and text messaging services, best-practice in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. Honored by the White House as a Champion of Change, The Trevor Project is a leader and innovator in suicide prevention. Learn more at TheTrevorProject.org.