February 14, 2020
Contact: Diane Gramley 1.814.271.9078
Allegheny County Bans Therapy for Those Trapped With Unwanted Feelings
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Governments should be in the business of protecting its citizens – especially children–, but in the case of the Allegheny County Council they have done the exact opposite. By a vote of 13-2 the Democrat-controlled county council approved a ban that will cause minors with unwanted feelings or confusion to remain with those feelings and confusion. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide children’s advocacy group, believes parents should have the right and children should have the opportunity to seek the help they need from a competent mental health provider. This new ordinance prevents both! In essence all licensed therapists are banned from helping these children address the underlying issues causing their distress.
“Allegheny County Council, with the help of one of the three Republicans on council, has taken away the rights of parents and have moved to ban talk therapy for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion. This is all part of a movement by LGBT activists to use faulty data to convince government bodies that people are ‘born gay’ or may be born in the wrong body. Their tactic is to grow their numbers by preventing children from getting the treatment they need,” noted Diane Gramley, president of the AFA of PA.
- Dr. Lisa Diamond, co-editor-in-chief of the APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology and one of the APA’s “most respected members,” says sexual orientation is “fluid” and not unchangeable.
- The APA Handbook (2014) corrects the APA Task Force Report (2009): sexual orientation does change, has psychoanalytic causes, and may be caused by childhood sexual abuse trauma. Haynes, L. (September 27, 2016), The American Psychological Association Says Born-That-Way-and-Can’t-Change Is Not True of Sexual Orientation and Childhood Gender Dysphoria.
- “The assertion that the showcased dozen or so victims of unqualified counselors constituted proof that Reparative Therapy doesn’t work and is often harmful is as unreasonable as asserting that Alcoholics Anonymous is a failure because it has only a 40 percent success rate.”
“In the NIFLA case, the US Supreme Court concluded professional speech has the same First Amendment rights as any other speech. Thus, it is unconstitutional to allow affirmative therapy, but not change-allowing therapy. Licensed therapists should have the freedom to help, not be banned from doing their job,” concluded Gramley.
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