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Sunday forum to look at "ex-gay" therapy and California's new law to ban it

SAN DIEGO – Reparative therapy and California’s groundbreaking law to ban it will be the topic of a forum on Sunday at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Hillcrest.

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, who writes the RGOD2 column on faith and religion from an LGBT viewpoint, will lead the form at 9 am Sunday in the Guild Room at St. Paul’s, 2728 Sixth Ave.

Guests include Briget Wilson, an attorney specializing in civil litigation and military law who has been active in local LGBT politics for more than 40 years.

Sean Sala, who calls himself a survivor of reparative therapy, will share his experiences from his teenage years. Sala was one of the organizers of the military contingent that made history this year when troops were permitted to march in their uniforms for the first time at a Pride parade – at the San Diego Pride Parade in July.

In late September, California Gov. Jerry Brown made history by by signing a landmark bill that will protect LGBT youth from psychological abuse by deceitful mental health professionals who falsely claim to be able to change their sexual orientation or gender expression.

With Gov. Brown’s signature, California becomes the first state in the nation to protect LGBT young people from these dangerous practices known as “ex-gay” therapy, conversion therapy and reparative therapy, including the use of shame, verbal abuse and aversion therapy, that place youth at high risk of depression and suicide.

"This bill bans non-scientific 'therapies' that have driven young people to depression and suicide. These practices have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery," Gov. Brown said in a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The law, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, prohibits state-licensed therapists from engaging in these practices with minors.

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