Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

3 responses to “Conversion therapy autobiographer to speak at Point Street Reading Series Tuesday”

  1. Randall Rose

    The bill “banning” conversion therapy IS getting a hearing Tuesday in the RI Senate, after its RI House hearing last month. Hearing is in the Senate Lounge at 4:30 or so Tuesday in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee. The bill doesn’t entirely ban conversion therapy, to avoid running into problems with the First Amendment. However, it says that conversion therapy will be legal only when it’s done for no pay, and even then it can’t be recommended by government or advertised. Under the bill, those who practice conversion therapy, or refer people to conversion therapy, are banned from government contracts and grants. Also, the bill completely bans licensed professionals from doing conversion therapy on people under 18. Bill number is S267 in the Senate and H5277 in the House.

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  2. walt48

    Fortunately, Garrard Conley WAS in Rhode Island last night and made the effort to appear before the RI General Assembly’s Senate Health and Welfare Committee where he testified in favor of S267, a bill banning Conversion Therapy by state licensed providers with children.

    Mr. Conley’s testimony was compelling and certainly captured the interests of all in the hearing room. As someone who has been working with others in the state to promote the passage of this bill, I am certainly grateful to Mr. Conley for lending his voice.

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    1. Steve Ahlquist

      ‘ll have all the testimony from that hearing up on RI Future later today or tomorrow morning.

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