New bill makes a Controversial gay conversion therapy illegal in California

Abraham Venegas

It’s child abuse for parents to put their child through gay conversion therapy.

It’s not the kid’s fault that he/she has a gay sexual preference; the parents should support how their kids feel.

It shouldn’t matter if a kid is gay or straight, they shouldn’t be judged on their sexual preference because they are still human.

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill which bans sexual orientation change therapies for minors. The ban will take effect on Jan. 1, 2013.

Those who oppose the bill argue that the bill infringes on the right of the parents to take psychological care of their children. Trying to change a kid’s sexuality in order to fit the parent’s standard of normal is cynical.

American Psychological Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Association of Social Behaviors and other institutions oppose reparative therapy by stating that there is no scientific evidence of it efficacy.

Research no longer concentrates on the causes and cures of homosexuality; instead approaches homosexuality in a neutral manner.

There is this stigma that being gay is a choice and it’s a mental disorder.

If it’s a choice, that means anyone can choose to be gay. That also means anyone can choose to become straight,

If people choose to become gay, people would have to put a lot of thought into it. Give it a thought; try to make yourself to be attractive to the same gender.

If it was a choice, why would people choose a lifestyle where society views them as a freak and shouldn’t express themselves, where they would be ridiculed by other people, abandoned by their family, or be beaten or killed just because their different?

Research like that of Evelyn Hooker, a psychologist, found there was no distinguishable difference between gay men and heterosexual men in terms of personality characteristics.

French philosopher Michael Foucault’s belief is that society constructs gender roles for men and women.

At a young age, boys are taught how to act like a man. They are taught to be independent, assertive, and be aggressive.

Girls at a young age are taught to be emotional, passive and be supportive.

For a kid who is trying to understand his/her homosexuality and expresses traits from the opposite sex, they will be put down by society.

Society will tell them to repress those thoughts and traits, even though those same traits can be found and every man and woman.

In the long run, these therapies only bring psychological torment to kids who are trying to cope with their sexuality and are being told that homosexuality is unnatural and is immoral.

Most often they are often are victimized, and in some cases they commit suicide.

According to www.fiercegoodbye.com, 30% of completed suicides are attempted by gay and lesbian youth.

Therapies that aim to change sexual orientation only reinforces stereotypes and prejudice.

Southern Poverty Law Center analysis of 14 years of hate crime found that gays and lesbians are the most target group which amount to 17.4% of the total of 88,463 reported violent hate crimes.

People who leave these therapies often try to live as heterosexuals, but eventually they realized it conflicts with their sexual preference.

If society just accepts people for who they are, labeling people “gay” or “straight” wouldn’t exist. Ultimately, people and society need to stop caring if a person is gay or straight and quit trying to change other people’s sexual orientation.