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They specifically exempt therapy designed to aid a person in a transition from one gender to another These laws are needed to ensure that therapists who are licensed by the state are providing competent care and are not harming patients.
Later, Rekers published an article citing his treatment of Murphy as a success story, which Rekers and other proponents of these practices continue to use to deceive other parents and entrap other clients struggling with the stigma and discrimination faced by LGBT people.
In fact, however, Murphy was gay in adulthood, and struggled with the severe psychological distress caused by Rekers’s “treatments” throughout his life.
Murphy attempted to take his own life when he was about 17, and died by suicide at the age of 38.
The laws describe these practices as “conversion therapy” and/or “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE), which is the scientific term used by the American Psychological Association and other groups that have warned patients about these scientifically discredited and dangerous practices.
The laws define “conversion therapy” and “sexual orientation change efforts” to include any practices by mental health providers that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.