Silicon Valley Assemblyman Evan Low, an openly gay state legislator, has been working since last year to get conversion therapy recognized in California as fraudulent and harmful to LGBTQ+ residents.
Low this month introduced a new resolution to denounce conversion therapy services, joining with faith leaders to move California one step closer toward eradicating conversion therapy statewide.
Having pulled and amended a previous anti-conversion therapy bill — AB 2943 — last year, Low set out to get religious faith leaders on his side before introducing Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 99 to the state Legislature on June 4. Low’s resolution passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee earlier this month and the Assembly on Monday, garnering support from 57 coauthors.
“I’ve always said that I’ll do whatever I can to look at carrying legislation to ensure that we have an inclusive state for everyone,” Low told San José Spotlight in an interview Friday. “We are standing on the side of history, and that of science. We know that (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.”
Conversion therapy is the contentious process of attempting to change a person’s sexual orientation through psychological or spiritual interventions. The practice is banned on LGBTQ minors in 18 states across the country, including California. Full Report.