So it turns out California has a law on the books since the 1950s that calls for doctors to try to find a "cure" for homosexuality.
And it's still the law of our state.
But now, California Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal has introduced Assembly Bill 2199. That bill would take that anti-gay law and toss it where it belongs - in the shameful trashcan of history.
Her bill would:
repeal Section 8050 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, which declares the State Department of Mental Health "shall plan, conduct and cause to be conducted scientific research into the causes and cures of sexual deviation, including deviations conducive to sex crimes against children, and the causes and cures of homosexuality..."
It's that old untrue myth about equating gay people with pedophiles, and it's time to get this law eliminated - it's things like this, that even if they're not enforced, create a climate of prejudice and hatred.
There's no "cure" for being gay, or lesbian, or bisexual, or transgender. And the only lifestyle "choice" you get in this life is that you can choose to lie about who you are and what you feel, or you can choose to be honest.
Wanna join me and sign the petition to California's Governor and state legislature, urging them to get rid of this insulting bit of institutionalized prejudice?
Here's to a world that's GLBTQ-friendly!
My thanks to Assemblywoman Lowenthal and Equality California for making this happen, and to Change.org's Michael Jones for creating the petition and getting the word out!