An Irish Politician Introduced A Bill Against Conversion Therapy

An Irish politician has introduced a bill that would ban conversion therapies from the European country.

Fintan Warfield is the lawmaker in question. The senator from the Sinn Fein political party introduced the bill last Wednesday in hopes of ridding his country of the “deceptive and harmful act or practice against a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and, or gender expression.”

If the bill were to be passed, anyone who is found guilty of trying to conduct conversion therapy on anyone else would owe 10,000 euros (about $12,351) and could possibly go to prison for up to a year.

Evelyne Paradis, the executive director of ILGA’s Europe division, spoke to the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the topic.

Paradis shared that conversion therapy can have a “negative impact on people’s mental health, as they can lead to lower self-esteem, depression and suicidal ideation.”

“Legislation sends out a powerful message that stigma masquerading as ‘therapy’ will not be tolerated by modern societies ... and we encourage Irish parliamentarians to quickly pick up this really important issue,” she added.

As for Ireland, LGBTQ issues and rights are still something in flux in the country. But, they are gaining more of a spotlight thanks to the new prime Minster Leo Varadkar (who’s the first openly gay prime minister the country has had).

In addition, Ireland was the first country to legalize marriage equality through a popular ballot in 2015. Same-sex marriage came into the country thanks to 63% of the public’s approval. Now, conversion therapy will hopefully be on its way out.

h/t: the Thomson Reuters Foundation

Washington State Passed A Bill Banning Conversion Therapy On Minors

Washington State has passed a bill banning health-care providers from trying to forcibly change someone’s sexual orientation.

This past Saturday (March 3), the State Senate passed a 33-16 vote that would put restrictions on licensed therapists looking to conduct on minors.

Senate Bill 5722, which had its first reading back in February of 2017, makes it so that professionals cannot conduct gay conversion therapy on anyone under 18 as its now legally considered “unprofessional conduct.”

If licensed therapists or health-care providers break this new bill, they will risk facing suspension or the revoking of their licenses, according to King 5 News.

In addition, the House later amended the bill by including non-licensed counselors or anyone conducting the therapy for religious groups.

While the bill has not officially become law yet, most are expecting Gov. Jay Inslee (D) to sign it into law without issue.

This will make Washington the tenth U.S. State to outlaw the practice of gay conversion therapy on minors.

Meanwhile, LGBTQ activists are celebrating the news.

“Children across the Evergreen State deserve to live their lives authentically and should never be subjected to the abusive practice of so-called conversion therapy,” said Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof to Pink News.

“It’s time for Washington to join the growing number of states and municipalities who are enacting these critical protections. We thank the state legislators who voted to protect LGBTQ youth from this dangerous practice and now call on Governor Inslee to sign this crucially important legislation.”

Love & Hip Hop's Jonathan Fernandez Shares He Went To A Conversion Camp At 10

Reality TV star Jonathan Fernandez opened up about the time his family sent him to a conversation therapy camp when he was only 10-years-old.

33-year-old Fernandez is known of his time on the VH1 reality show K.Michelle and for currently appearing on Love & Hip Hop.

But now, Fernandez's name is circulating around the internet after he recorded the following video with the help of Brut.

In the video, Fernandez tries to see the situation through his family’s eyes and minds. He says that his parents loves him, but that they didn’t understand him.

Fernandez also gives accounts of situations at the camp such as being hooked up to a lie detector machine and shocked whenever he gave an unsatisfactory response, or receiving testosterone injections.

You can watch the video down below to hear Jonathan Fernandez’s story for yourself.