Action #7: Oppose Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

Email Senator Benson: sen.michelle.benson@senate.mn

Current Minnesota law provides Medical Assistance funding for sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE, also referred to as “reparative therapy” or “conversion therapy”)

Bill SF 1854 defines SOCE as any practice that is “intended to change an individual’s sexual orientation, or intended to discourage a transition from one gender to another.”

SF 1854, authored by John Marty, would prohibit the practice of SOCE on children under age 18 and vulnerable adults. It would also prohibit medical assistance funding of SOCE.

This bill is currently in the Senate’s Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee, so let’s email Committee Chair Michelle R. Benson (31, R) and encourage her to have a committee hearing on this bill.


Sample email:

Hello Senator Benson,

I am in the Master of Social Work program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I recently did a policy research project on sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) in Minnesota.
SOCE is harmful to the mental health of LGBT individuals, and is denounced by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, the National Association of Social Workers, and virtually every other professional counseling organization.
The fact that medical assistance currently funds this practice in Minnesota is abhorrent and damaging to the mental health of Minnesotans.
As budget time approaches, I ask you to please hear SF 1854 in the Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee as soon as possible. I thank Senator Marty for authoring this important legislation.
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