Gov. Brown Signs Mental Health Protections for Youth into Law
Abbe Land of The Trevor Project Responds
West Hollywood, CA (Oct. 1, 2012) – This Saturday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill to protect Californians from dangerous and discredited mental health practices. Authored by Senator Ted Lieu, Senate Bill 1172 prohibits state-licensed mental health practitioners from engaging in practices that claim to change a young person’s sexual orientation or the way they express their gender.
Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project, the nation’s leading provider of crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth issued the following statement:
“So-called ‘reparative therapy,’ known as ‘ex-gay therapy’ is a harmful and dangerous practice that falsely claims that being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is an illness or a disorder. A person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression are natural and inherent parts of their being. Thank you to Sen. Lieu and Gov. Brown for making the safety and psychological well-being of all Californians a priority and signing into law Senate Bill 1172.”
ABOUT THE TREVOR PROJECT:
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 and instant messaging services, 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