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Monday, August 19, 2013

Chris Christie is against bisexual teens becoming gay

So, consider the logic of Governor Christie.  If sexual orientation cannot shift, then a bisexual person under 18 cannot become gay.  If a questioning person in an LBGTQ group wants to shift from Bisexual to Gay, Chris Christie says that cannot happen, since he believes that sexual orientation is set at birth.  Think about all the teens that say that they are bisexual when they are engaging in only gay sexual activity.  Is that about orientation or identity?  This law only pertains to people who are licensed.  Thus it wouldn't apply to most LBGTQ support groups.  And notice that section 2.b. says that even gender identity, thus from bisexual to gay, cannot be assisted by a licensed person for another person under 18 - since it says "not limited to".  The logic of the bill is that a shift can only happen toward someone of the same gender and not toward someone of the opposite gender. 

And finally, see how the bill uses the word, gender, as opposed to sex, when it talks about transition.  How does this apply to the differences between a transgendered person under 18 and a transsexual person under 18?  The same for identity exploration, under 2.b.1).  The bill is written to encourage licensed support toward a shift towards homosexuality but not away from it, whether that is about identity or orientation.  So, don't say that its not about shifts.

Again, as I read the NJ bill: A3371, especially the last sections. It also requires licensed counselors to not help bisexual people under the age of 18 to become gay. 

Especially these sections:

2. a. A person who is licensed to provide professional counseling under Title 45 of the Revised Statutes, including, but not limited to, a psychiatrist, licensed practicing psychologist, certified social worker, licensed clinical social worker, licensed social worker, licensed marriage and family therapist, certified psychoanalyst, or a person who performs counseling as part of the person's professional training for any of these professions, shall not engage in sexual orientation change efforts with a person under 18 years of age.

b. As used in this section, "sexual orientation change efforts" means the practice of seeking to change a person's sexual orientation, including, but not limited to, efforts to change behaviors, gender identity, or gender expressions, or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward a person of the same gender; except that sexual orientation change efforts shall not include counseling for a person seeking to transition from one gender to another, or counseling that:

(1) provides acceptance, support, and understanding of a person or facilitates a person's coping, social support, and identity exploration and development, including sexual orientation-neutral interventions to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices; and

(2) does not seek to change sexual orientation.

3. This act shall take effect immediately.