By Melanie Nathan, May 19, 2015.
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement today on the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, the first federal legislation proposed to ban the harmful, for-profit psychiatric therapies aimed at “converting” LGBT people, of which she is an original co-sponsor:
“Being LGBT is not an illness. It does not require a cure. So-called ‘conversion therapy’ is not medicine, it is not right, and it has no place in America. We cannot and will not allow conversion therapy peddlers to continue to profit from the abuse of LGBT children and adults.
“That’s why I’m proud to support Congressman Ted Lieu’s Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act to end this hurtful and hateful practice. Thanks to his leadership in the state legislature, California became the first state in the nation to ban conversion therapy. Now we must ensure this abuse has no safe haven anywhere.
“Ending conversion therapy is a vital step to ensuring that all families have the safety and security needed to keep improving and strengthening our country. As we answer President Obama’s call to end conversion therapy, we must all do our part to create a stronger, more just, and welcoming environment for all our families.”