Gay State Representative Matthew Wilson, who co-sponsored HB 580 also known as the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, explains that it should ban “any practice or treatment that seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity” for people under 18.
“All children in Georgia should receive care that first, does no harm. Conversion therapy has no scientific basis and contradicts the medical community’s understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Wilson. “I am proud to sponsor this bill that helps ensure the safety of Georgia’s LGBTQ youth outlawing this incredibly dangerous practice.”
The bill was also sponsored by Democrat representatives Mary Margaret Oliver, Shelly Hutchinson, Debbie Buckner, Pat Gardner, and Karla Drenner, among others.
Georgia is the 23rd State to work to prohibit “conversion therapies” to LGBTQ minors.