Conversion therapy, where LGBTQ individuals are “cured” from their affliction is considered controversial and dangerous. The practice has been banned in a total of 18 states.
That does not mean, however, that there aren’t conversion therapy organizations that still operated. One of those groups, known as Changed, recently held an event on Capitol Hill with the aid of GOP Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler.
Hartzler is well known for her repeated attempts to fight against LGBTQ rights. The Nation noted that she was one of the driving forces behind Donald Trump’s transgender military ban. In 2010, Mother Jones published an article titled: Is Vicky Hartzler the Most Anti-Gay Candidate in America?
Danny Jativa, the congresswoman’s communications director, confirmed that Hartzler had aided the group. He told the Huffington Post, “This was a Family Research Council event. The only involvement Rep. Hartzler’s office had with the event was putting in an order to request a meeting space. Our 18 office, nor the member, participated in the event. We did not recruit nor advertise the event in any way, shape, or form.”
The event was held close to the office of California Congressman Ted Lieu. Lieu is actually cosponsoring a bill that would ban conversion therapy on a federal level.
The congressman has said of conversion therapy, “My goal with the California bill, and now my federal bill, was and is to end a for-profit practice that is unscientific and harmful. Homosexuality is neither a mental illness nor a developmental disorder and anyone seeking to ‘cure’ LGBTQ people is committing fraud.”
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