Dems Try Again On National Ex-Gay Torture Ban

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed:

Name something on the agenda for Democrats in Congress and it’s likely DOA — including a bill to protect LGBT kids, which the Republican majority let die last year without a hearing. And yet, buoyed by their progressive constituency and resolve to set themselves apart from the Trump administration, Democrats will take another shot this year. The bill — to be filed Tuesday by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Ted Lieu — would ban services that claim to turn gay people straight or make transgender people identify with their birth sex.

The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, as filed in the Senate, would make it illegal to advertise or provide therapy that claims to “change another individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity” or to “eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender.” Both the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general could enforce it.

The primary sponsors provided statements on Tuesday to BuzzFeed News, including Sen. Corey Booker of New Jersey, who called the therapies a “fraudulent practice.” Sen. Murray’s statement said “the Trump Administration has laid out a hateful, damaging agenda to undo hard-won progress, divide our communities, hurt our friends, neighbors, and family members just because of who they are or who they love.”

The latest bill currently has 21 sponsors in the Senate and 67 sponsors in the House. All are Democrats.

  • This is a very nice change from that nastiness in the other thread that the GOP is trying to push. Now I know what to call my Senator about!

  • get them on the record.

  • Ninja0980

    Nice gesture but until we get control of the House and Senate along with the WH, it will won’t happen.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      What needs to happen is this showing up if/when they ever get both back.

    • another_steve

      Even then, it’ll be difficult. It’s a bit like trying to refute/combat religious myth.

      You cannot prove that it’s false.

  • Rex

    Thank you for standing up for those who can not stand for themselves.
    Thank you for persisting in the face of opposition.
    Thank you for caring about those that others would throw away.
    Thank you daring to be on the right side of history.

  • TampaZeke

    Curious how Democrats always seem find the courage to introduce these bills when they’re NOT in the majority.

    • kcken

      This ^^^ I’ve seen this many times as well.
      Obama’s order to protect LGBT thru gov’t contracts wasn’t issued until he his 2nd term, whereby he also “evolved” on marriage. Not saying he wasn’t always on our side, nor that i don’t appreciate what he did. Just that politics has to be played on both sides. There are dem christians who are just as anti-gay as the far right christians. They may not hate the poor, or agree with republican policy, but they can all kind of get behind shitting on the gay community.

      • another_steve

        Rule #1 of politics: Survive. If you’re kicked out of office, you don’t exist politically anymore. You have no power. Impossible to be a viable politician and not be a bit of a self-serving scum bucket.

        Obama’s “evolution” on marriage equality came to an end when a little voice in his head said to him, “It’s okay. You can say the right thing now. It’s politically okay. You won’t die politically.”

        This principle may help us get rid of the sexual predator currently occupying the White House. When he becomes super-toxic, Republican congresspeople will no longer support him.

        To do so would mean the end of their own political careers.

        • TampaZeke

          When he becomes super-toxic?

          In a sane world we, we would have passed that benchmark MONTHS ago!

        • Scribble Writer 🌹 ☭

          “Rule #1 of politics: Survive.”

          Dems can’t even do that very well. Over 1000 lost seats under Obama.

      • prixator

        Obama completed his “evolution” in April 2012 – still in his first term. Biden may have pushed him, but he got there.

        Your other points still stand, though.

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          What you see as evolution, I call politics. I don’t think Obama ever even needed to evolve. I believe that he was already there. That fact my right as a human being ever needs evolution suggests that I haven’t a choice in the matter anyway. That’s what I take issue with. I’m a person, not a negotiation.

          • prixator

            There is a reason that I put quotes around evolution. 😉

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

            I kinda figured that was the case, but sometimes clarifying it by connecting the dots, makes all the difference for some. 🙂

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    • Mike Knife

      Many psychotherapist are anti-gay or anti-LGBTQ and still treat LGBTQ people like they are sick people. Many of these anti-gay psychotherapist are Christians and Muslims. They hide the fact that they still think LGBTQ people are sick. They are in the closet, the psycho closet. They secretly treat LGBTQ people as if they are sick and a lot of LGBTQ people are not aware of this truth. Also for example the Christian religion still sends their children to these psychotherapist to be put on drugs to stop them from being LGBTQ, they make up some condition they have to get around the fact they are treating them for being gay because it is now against the law in some places. Government and law enforcement is in on their game to secretly treat all LGBTQ people as if they are mentally ill because they are LGBTQ. Don’t be fooled because they are tricking you into thinking you are mentally ill but they are really treating you for being LGBTQ. I know because they did it to me. .

    • Scribble Writer 🌹 ☭

      Democrats finding courage hahahaha tell me another one

  • OdieDenCO

    “..All are democrats.” that is a sad statement. not one member of the GOP is willing to put the good of the nation’s children before their party’s politics.

    • And this is news exactly how? It’s quite obvious at this point that the Republicans’ main interest is in making themselves part of the ruling oligarchy, and that they see the most Americans — those not rich — as commodities.

  • There is no way this is even coming up for a vote. I hate this shit. How is this different from the dozens of ACA repeal votes the Republicans staged while Obama was president (but now can’t seem to do it when it would actually be signed if it passed!). Sorry but this is just political posturing and it helps no one. I am not impressed by show. Actually do something instead of just pandering.

    • It could be a good campaign tool, but I don’t have confidence in the Democrats to use it effectively: they’re not real good at calling bullshit on the right-wing bullshitters.

  • The_Wretched

    To the folks who view this as pandering – it is. However, the pandering is a mechanism that allows draft language to get created and mature into something that could pass. Lawmakers are sometimes forced to pass these things when they get power – like the (R) and the ACA repeal.

  • Mike Knife

    Ex Gay Therapy needs to be banned around the world. Ex gay therapy is a fraud that is done by anti-gay Christians and other religions who use anti-gay psychotherapist to torture LGBTQ people and kill them using torture and psychiatric drugs. The people who do Ex Gay Therapy are criminals who need to be locked up. Recently an Christian preacher was tried and convicted of the torture of LGBTQ people and sent to prison for 20 years, they should have given him the electric chair.

  • Hank
  • m_lp_ql_m

    What we really need is to introduce ex-straight therapy.

  • Jerry Kott

    Rep Ted Lieu has a future on a bigger stage. Unless the Democrats screw it up again trying to regift /repackage old products whose shelf life has expired.

    • Danieruw

      If you mean president, unfortunately Ted Lieu is not a natural-born citizen. He was born in Taiwan. Drumpf gets to be president but Lieu can’t. Freaking ridiculous!

      • Jerry Kott

        Thanks, that is a shame. He seems like his heart and soul are in the right place at the right time..

  • Scribble Writer 🌹 ☭

    Hey Dems, if you want to actually accomplish something and help our country and its people then please just pack it up and let a left-wing party take your place. Useless.

  • Max_1

    Waiting for Cait Jenner to defend the GOP who are against LGBT Rights as “shaking things up a bit”.