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Leading Mental Health Professional Organizations, Health Care and Constitutional Scholars, and Social Services Providers Urge Appeals Court to Uphold California Law Prohibiting Dangerous Psychological Practices to Change Minors’ Sexual Orientation

Ten Friend-of-the-Court Briefs Describe Severe Harms Caused By Therapists’ Attempts to Change Sexual Orientation (San Francisco, CA, February 8, 2013)—A diverse group of prominent mental health professional organizations and social services providers, scholars of constitutional and health care law, civil liberties and religious organizations, the City and County of San Francisco, and individuals and family members filed ten friend-of-the-court briefs this week urging the United States Court of...

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NCLR and EQCA Respond to Temporary Delay of CA Law Protecting LGBTQ Minors from Dangerous Practices that Try to Change Their Sexual Orientation

(San Francisco, CA, December 21, 2012)—Today, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily delayed the start date of a new California law that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth from therapists who try to change their sexual orientation despite warnings by medical experts that these discredited practices put youth at risk of serious harm. The new law was set to take effect on January 1, 2013. Today’s decision temporarily postpones that date until the court rules on...

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Federal Court Gives Green Light to California Law Protecting Youth from Dangerous Practices by Therapists Who Claim to Change Sexual Orientation

Judge Says Law Can Take Effect on January 1, 2013 (San Francisco, CA, December 4, 2012)—Today, Judge Kimberly Mueller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California denied a request by an anti-LGBTQ group to postpone the January 1, 2013 start of the state’s new law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth from psychological abuse at the hands of state-licensed therapists who use dangerous practices to try to change their clients’ sexual orientation or gender...

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NCLR Responds to Federal Court’s Decision on California Law Protecting LGBTQ Youth from Dangerous Practices by Therapists Who Claim to Change Sexual Orientation

Statement by NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, December 3, 2012)—Today, Judge William B. Shubb of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued an order temporarily exempting three plaintiffs from the enforcement of a new law preventing licensed therapists from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender expression. The order applies only to the three plaintiffs and does not prevent the state from enforcing the law against other...

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NCLR Applauds Congresswoman Speier’s Resolution to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Harmful Attempts to Change their Identity

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (Washington, D.C., November 28, 2012)—Today, United States Congresswoman Jackie Speier introduced the landmark “Stop Harming Our Kids” resolution, which calls on states to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth from dangerous and discredited practices by mental health professionals who falsely claim to be able to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. These practices have been rejected as ineffective and...

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NCLR and EQCA Move to Intervene in Lawsuit to Defend Law Protecting LGBTQ Youth From Psychological Abuse

(San Francisco, CA, October 20, 2012)—Late Friday, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson filed court papers seeking to intervene in a federal lawsuit challenging the new California law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender young people from dangerous and potentially deadly psychological abuse. NCLR and Munger Tolles filed the motion on behalf of Equality California asking the federal district court in Sacramento to permit them...

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NCLR and EQCA Say Anti-LGBTQ Groups Are “Grasping at Straws” with Lawsuits Challenging Law Protecting LGBTQ Youth From Psychological Abuse

(San Francisco, CA, October 4, 2012)—Today, two anti-LGBTQ groups, the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality and Liberty Counsel, filed a second federal challenge to the new law signed Saturday by California Governor Jerry Brown that will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender young people in the state from dangerous and potentially deadly psychological abuse. Senate Bill 1172 was authored by Senator Ted Lieu, co-sponsored by the National Center for Lesbian...

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NCLR and EQCA Say Anti-Gay Group’s Challenge to New Law Protecting LGBTQ Youth From Psychological Abuse is Completely Groundless

(San Francisco, CA, October 2, 2012)—Late Monday, the Pacific Justice Institute filed a federal challenge to the new law signed Saturday by California Governor Jerry Brown that will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender young people in the state from dangerous and potentially deadly psychological abuse. The law prohibits deceitful state-licensed therapists who falsely claim to be able to change their clients’ sexual orientation or gender expression from using dangerous...

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CA Governor Brown Signs Bill To Protect LGBTQ Youth From Psychological Abuse

Signature on Bill Authored by Senator Ted Lieu Will Stop Discredited Practices (San Francisco, CA, September 29, 2012)—California Governor Jerry Brown made history today by signing a landmark bill that will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth from psychological abuse by deceitful mental health professionals who falsely claim to be able to change their sexual orientation or gender expression. With Governor Brown’s signature, California becomes the first state in the nation to...

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Nearly 50,000 People Tell CA Gov. Jerry Brown to Stop the Psychological Abuse of Children, Support Bill Banning Use of Harmful Practices

(Washington, D.C, September 27, 2012)—Momentum is building in California and across the country to put an end to dangerous efforts designed to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender expression that have proven to inflict great emotional harm and have resulted in suicide. Governor Jerry Brown can sign Senate Bill 1172, a bill to protect young people from this abuse by prohibiting therapists from using these discredited practices. To date, nearly 50,000 concerned citizens have...

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