Pennsylvania GOP candidate says it’s “disgusting” that people want to end conversion therapy

When they tell you who they are believe them the first time.   This racist bigot also denies the accepted medical science that conversion therapy is a torture that never works.   This type of therapy / actions to change sexual orientation / gender has been found to not only work but be very harmful to the people it is done to.   Advanced countries around the world ban it.   But notice what the candidate and the interviewer say about the LGBTQ+.   They are confused, that they are not a community, the interviewer seems to think only ethnic groups are a community?  Mastriano is more worried about the parents wishes not being followed but he has no concern about the child that will be abused by this.  Another reason that teachers must not be made to tell the parents about out kids.   But he made it clear way back in 2001 how he felt about gay people.   He is one of these people who cannot accept the change in society and fights against the growth of understand the modern world has.   Hugs

Pennsylvania GOP candidate says it’s “disgusting” that people want to end conversion therapy
Doug MastrianoPhoto: Senator Doug Mastriano’s Facebook page

Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, a Christian nationalist, said that it’s “disgusting” that the state’s current Governor Tom Wolf issued an executive order against so-called conversion therapy, a widely discredited form of psychological torture that purports to change people’s sexual orientations and gender identities.

Speaking Thursday on 103.7 FM, a conservative talk radio station, Mastriano expressed anger at Wolf’s recent executive order directing state agencies to ensure that neither government workers nor taxpayer funds promote conversion therapy, The Huffington Post reported.

Mastriano also expressed anger that his Democratic political opponent, Josh Shapiro, has spoken out against conversion therapy too.

“This is disgusting to me, where bureaucrats and Tom Wolf — and Josh Shapiro — thinks it’s okay to come in and threaten parents and therapists because their kids might be confused,” Mastriano said in his radio interview.

The interviewer, Michele Jansen, said she also opposed Wolf’s executive order, adding “[the LGBTQ movement is] an activist, political, ideological group. They’re not an ethnicity. They’re not a community of people.”

To be clear, Wolf’s executive order doesn’t “threaten” parents. It contains no consequences for parents seeking conversion therapy for their kids. Wolf’s order merely ensures that state government resources don’t support a pseudoscience that has been disavowed as ineffective and harmful by the nation’s largest medical and mental health associations.

Also, Mastriano’s comment about kids just being “confused” echoes a popular right-wing talking point. Right-wingers claim that young people coming to terms with possible queer identities are actually just “confused” or have been “indoctrinated” by teachers, peers, and media that essentially pressure them into identifying as part of the LGBTQ community. These arguments have been used to claim that all LGBTQ content should be banned from schools.

During his interview, Mastriano blamed educators for confusing kids and said that schools “have graphic pornographic books laid out.” His latter claim is almost certainly untrue, as any school displaying explicit sexual images would have news and images of the content quickly go viral online, becoming a major news story as it outrages parents and community members across the political spectrum.

In truth, claims of in-school pornography have only been repeated by conservative activists looking to ban LGBTQ-themed books and sex educational materials from schools and local libraries.

Mastriano’s comments aren’t really surprising considering his numerous past actions against the queer community. As a state senator, he has supported anti-LGBTQ legislation including a bill that would ban transgender girls from playing on girls’ teams and a bill that would force trans people to use public bathrooms matching the gender they were assigned at birth. He has also endorsed legislation that would stop same-sex couples from adopting children.

Additionally, his 2001 college thesis expressed disgust for anyone who doesn’t hold the view that homosexuality is a form of “aberrant sexual conduct,” according to The Washington Post.

The true dangers of so-called conversion therapy

Wolf’s press release announcing his executive order mentioned a peer-reviewed study from The Trevor Project which showed that 13 percent of LGBTQ youth nationwide had reported being subjected to conversion therapy. Of those, 83 percent were subjected to it before reaching the age of 18. The study showed that young people who underwent conversion therapy were more than twice as likely to attempt suicide afterward.

The methods of so-called conversion therapists include encouraging queer people not to masturbate, redirecting their sexual energy into exercise, “covert aversion” (a fancy name for imagining possible negative consequences of being queer), Bible study, directing same-sex sexual desire onto opposite-sex partners, inflicting pain and humiliation anytime LGBTQ feelings arise, and forcing people to act out stereotypical gender roles in behavior and personal appearance.

“Researchers found that when they accounted for the harms caused by conversion therapy – including negative mental health outcomes and substance use – conversion therapy costs our nation $9.23 billion each year,” Wolf’s announcement said.

“Conversion therapy is a traumatic practice based on junk science that actively harms the people it supposedly seeks to treat,” Wolf noted. “This discriminatory practice is widely rejected by medical and scientific professionals and has been proven to lead to worse mental health outcomes for LGBTQIA+ youth subjected to it. This is about keeping our children safe from bullying and extreme practices that harm them.”

Twenty-nine U.S. states have either passed full or partial bans on conversion therapy for minors. In three of those states — Alabama, Georgia, and Florida — court injunctions have stopped the bans from going into effect while legal challenges to the bans proceed in court.


6 thoughts on “Pennsylvania GOP candidate says it’s “disgusting” that people want to end conversion therapy

  1. Conversion “therapy” is now illegal in Aotearoa New Zealand as far as sexual orientation and gender identity/expression is concerned, but it’s still legal to practice it on Neurodiverse children. I wonder how many people realise that conversion “therapy” was first developed for “treating” autistic children, before being applied in other fileds? But like all such “therapies” it simply teaches the “patients” to mask their nature, not change it, and the trauma of such practices results in high levels of mental health issues in later life. Some estimates put it as many as 80% of children who undergo ABA (conversion by another name) suffer PTSD as young adults. I’d guessing it would be much the same when applied when used to “treat” sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

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    1. Hello Barry. My dogs that love gravy, I did not know what you just informed us of. That is sickening. I can see that in a backward place like the US but to do that in countries I think of as advanced is shocking to me. For readers not understanding Neurodiverse children means children we in the US would call on the spectrum, Am I correct Barry? If I am wrong, please correct me. This is a subject I am not well-versed in. But it is important that we know and understand the situation. I googled the term you used, and this is the result I got. “Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that about one out of every 54 kids is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder”. I look back at my own life and wonder if that explains some of my life problems and how badly I misjudge social situations, but as I have never been diagnosed, I will not go there. You are most certainly correct that all conversion therapies do is change behavior. It doesn’t change desire but what it does is make people so afraid of the pain / consequences they change their behavior. I do hope that never happened to you. Many best wishes. Scottie


  2. Neuro diversity typically refers to autistic persons and also to such “conditions” such as ADHD and tourette syndrome.

    As to how many people are autistic, it’s estimated between 1% to 2% of the population. In the US it might be skewed slightly higher as law mandates autism be covered by health insurance whereas some conditions with similar symptoms are not. This has probably resulted in slightly over diagnosis of autism corresponding under diagnosis in other conditions. There is some evidence of this as the relative incidence of a range of condition change each time the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is revised.

    I didn’t receive a diagnosis until I was 60, which was perhaps fortunate as back in the 50s and 60s children diagnosed as autistic were institutionalised with little prospect of a fulfilling life. Although at first I tried to prove that I wasn’t autistic (the only reference I had was the character of Raymond from the movie ‘Rainman’),i came to the realisation that it explained perfectly the difficulties I have experienced my entire life.

    The prevailing medical attitude to autism today is somewhat similar to their attitude to homosexuality up until the 1970s – a mental disorder that requires suppression, elimination and/or treatment. There’s still a long way to go until neuro diversity is recognised as a natural variation within humanity.

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    1. Hello Barry. Thank you for the added information. I am glad you were not taken from a loving family and put into an institution. I know that it badly affects kids without additional medical issues, and I cannot even imagine how much worse it would be for neurodiverse children. Please keep me and the others here informed on the subject when you have time. Thank you. Best wishes.

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      1. Thanks Scottie. I don’t think neurodiverse folk are unique in how society treats minorities, with perhaps the exception that it’s still considered a pathology by the medical profession, where as sexual orientation no longer is and for the most part, neither is gender identity/expression. At a societal level, it seems that all minorities are treated with suspicion, and the intensity of the suspicion seems to vary from society to society. I this regard, I think NZ does much better than the US. A great many posts on my own blog are related to neurodiversity, and they are usually assigned the category of Aspergers, Autism and/or Neurodiverity, and may also be tagged as ableism, acceptance, advocacy, autism, autism acceptance, differences, diversity, inclusion, neurodiversity.

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        1. Hello Barry. I think what you say is true, except I don’t think a lot of people understand the neurodiverse scope or concepts. Or how being neurodiverse can affect a person and those around them. Honestly, I did not. I had to learn some to understand our James who is clearly on the spectrum, and he was put on drugs during childhood that he took himself off, he is manic / depressive and doesn’t understand social clues at all. That can be awkward at times. He is a great guy, and we are proud to have him in our lives, but it still can cause friction in the home if you don’t understand what is happening. I think there should be and needs to be much more education of the public on neurodiverse folk and teaching the public how to understand the people that have miscues. James recently went with Ron to visit Ron’s side of the family. James made missteps that those who understood his situation were able to accept and help prevent these things from being a problem, whereas those who did not know were frustrated or put off. I thank you for being willing to share with us here on the blog, the more information people have the better it is for tolerance and acceptance of all people. Please keep sharing as you feel comfortable. Best wishes. Scottie

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