Legislative bill hopes to protect LGBT minors

Published: Jan. 26, 2014 at 11:20 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 30, 2014 at 1:08 AM HST
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Ashley Maynard
Ashley Maynard

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - State lawmakers will hear testimony tomorrow on a bill that would define "conversion therapy" as a form of child abuse.

HB 1789 would ban the act of "conversion therapy" on minors.

Experts say the therapy attempts to change a person's sexual orientation. Therapists do so by "aggressive psychotherapy treatment," and in some cases use medicated drugs.

"The drugs make them feel nauseated to make them associate a bad feeling, nausea, with the photographs," Ashley Maynard, Chairman for the Department of  Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa said. "It's an aversion therapy in that sense which is really shocking."

According to Kathryn Xian, one of the drafters of HB1789, over a hundred testifiers have registered to address lawmakers during tomorrow's hearing.