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BOSTON, Mass. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Democrats are pushing a ban on all gay reparative therapy, including for children — and one counselor is leading the fight in opposition.
Legislators in Massachusetts are recommending passing a bill prohibiting "state-licensed mental health professionals" from "subjecting minors to conversion therapy practices." Eighty Democrats have sponsored H1190, "Relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors," and the bill is moving swiftly through the committee reviews and towards becoming law.
Church Militant spoke with David Pickup, a licensed marriage and family therapist, who has helped many people overcome their unwanted same-sex attractions. Pickup was trained under Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, a pioneer in the field of reparative therapy, whose work is being used to develop public service announcements debunking the gay agenda's lies.
Pickup is leading the fight to stop the bill to ban therapy for minors in Massachusetts. He's working to expose the contradictory testimony of Sam Brinton, a self-styled "victim" of such therapy, who serves as chief advocacy officer for the Trevor project and contributor for the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). Pickup hopes in the process more "pastors, priests, ministers, therapists, clients and most importantly parents [will] simply organize and speak up."
Pickup has testified in two hearings on the issue. He said the victims speaking up at the hearings are people who were subject to "parental forcing or religious shaming, not trained therapists." He explained the condemnation of licensed therapists and banning of legitimate therapy will "send them right back" to these unregulated programs.
Witnesses to legislative hearings do not swear an oath of truth. The lack of truthfulness during these hearings has been thoroughly documented by the National Task Force for Therapy Equality (NTFTE). They have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission documenting five years of lies to legislators claiming a number of gay rights organizations are committing "mass fraud and deception."
Christopher Doyle, political consultant and coordinator for NTFTE and Equality and Justice for All, told Church Militant in July:
We have documented conclusive and definitive proof that the Southern Poverty Law Center, Human Rights Campaign and NCLR are committing mass fraud, and the general public can now see it for themselves. We even have video footage of gay activists caught in the act of lies and cover-ups in their effort to deceive lawmakers.
The video posted by Pickup notes several contradictions in Brinton's testimony. Brinton even admits, "I learned to lie." Pickup said that "in the face of so many documentable testimonies" from people who have been helped by therapy, Brinton's testimony cannot be trusted.
He added that this lack of truthfulness can be seen in claims that "therapy causes harm." According to him, there is "no credible evidence" to support these claims:
Sam Brinton's testimony and every other pro-ban testimony are experiences that ironically are not found with licensed therapists but instead are found with fringe religious "boot camps" or "spiritual" shame-based experiences that have nothing to do with legitimate licensed therapies and therapists.
"The legislatures have all heard and seen documentable testimonies in which client's homosexual feelings were caused by emotional and/or sexual abuse," Pickup remarked. "Even after they've heard sexual abuse issues perpetrated by pedophiles, they sat there and voted for therapy bans anyway."
"In other words, this is not about children," he told Church Militant. "This is only about normalizing and accepting the pro-LGBT agenda in every state of the union."
H1190 defines what it incorrectly terms "conversion therapy" as "any practice by a licensed professional that attempts or purports to impose change of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, including but not limited to efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex."
Pickup noted, "They expressly condemn and define licensed therapists and therapies as child abuse to be reported," adding, "They have yet to produce any credible, documentable evidence of harm of professional therapy."
He added that "[t]here are many testimonies that are on record that prove emotional change in sexuality and transgender issues is possible and does happen."
The bill does provide some guidelines for allowable topics for licensed professionals: "to provide acceptance, support, and understanding," to "facilitate an individual's coping, social support, and identity exploration and development," and "interventions to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices."
Pickup explained that the therapy ban and loss of real support "will result in more suicide ideation, anxiety and depression for those children and adults who know they aren't born Gay or Transgender," adding that they "will suffer if they can't get the therapy they want, they need, and have a constitutional right to."
Equality and Justice for All and National Task Force for Therapy Equality's Facebook page have resources and support for those who want to contact their legislators about the proposed ban in their state.
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