Civil Rights Disaster: Judges Axe Conversion Therapy Ban

Court calls settled science “controversial”

James Finn
Nov 21, 2020 · 7 min read

Freud promoted then changed his mind about conversion therapy

The 11th circuit did not rule religious ministers and counselors have the right to practice conversion therapy, they ruled licensed professionals do — for religious, not medical, reasons.

Professionals mostly stopped conversion therapy

Today, conversion therapy remains a significant problem

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Dark-shaded states ban conversion therapy for minors, striped states ban it partially. Source: Equality Maps.

Bans are not enforced among clergy and religious practitioners

11th Circuit panel rules 2–1 that licensed conversion therapists have the right to practice

The opinion dismisses evidence of pervasive harmfulness

Civil rights advocates call the decision a disaster

Legal experts see a circuit split as a huge danger

Trump has handed LGBTQ people a brave new world

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Collected Writings. Stories and ramblings from a long-time LGBTQ thinker and activist.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

James Finn - The Blog

Collected Writings. Stories and ramblings from a long-time LGBTQ thinker and activist.

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