WE DID IT! Conversion Therapy is BANNED in Hawaii

Today, Friday, May 25, 2018 Governor David Ige signed SB 270 into law in a public signing ceremony! The law goes into effect upon signing and it creates a taskforce to ensure the LGBTQIA youth are able to access mental health services.

Statement from our Chair about this historic piece of legislation:

Aloha –

The LGBT Caucus of Democratic Party of Hawai’i would like to say MAHALO NUI LOA to Senator Stanley Chang, Senator Roz Baker and Senator Karl Rhoads for introducing SB 270. We also want to thank our wonderful coalition partners (see below) and individual supporters, without their support this law would not have been possible. We also want to say MAHALO to Governor Ige for giving SB 270 a public signing. In doing so he is helping spread the word that there is no place in Hawai’i for this abhorrent practice.

By banning conversion therapy in the Aloha State, it does two great things at once. First it ensures that LGBTQIA youth will not be tortured by licensed medical health professionals. Secondly it sends the message loud and clear to LGBTQIA youth that there is nothing wrong with their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, they were born perfect and this message will save lives. This is because LGBTQIA youth have the highest suicide rate amongst youth demographics in America, 3 to 4 times the suicide rate of their straight cis-gender peers.

The LGBT Caucus would like to dedicate this law to all the survivors of ‘conversion therapy’, as well those that did not survive this barbaric practice. We hope that the rest of the states in our country will follow suit and soon because lives are at stake.

Michael Golojuch, Jr.
LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i

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SB 270 Coalition Partners:

American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i
Board of Psychology
Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ
Filipina Advocacy Network
Hawai‘i Psychological Association
Hawaii Advocates For Consumer Rights
Hawaii Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Hawaii Children’s Action Network
Hawaii Counselors Association
Hawaii LGBT Legal Association
Hawaii Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Hawaii State Teachers Association
Hawaii Youth Services Network
Human Rights Campaign
Kupuna Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i
Mental Health America of Hawaii
National Center for Lesbian Rights #BornPerfect Campaign
O‘ahu County of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i
Pele Lani Farms LLC
Planned Parenthood Generation Action
Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Rainbow Family 808
Save Medicaid Hawaii
Young Progressives Demanding Action – Hawaii