Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, a conservative Christian Republican from Lexington, recently made a surprising move: she proposed a bill to ban the use of conversion therapy on minors in Kentucky.
“I think it’s religion gone bad,” Kerr, who has a gay son, said of conversion therapy in a recent interview with Louisville TV station WHAS.
“In my Christian faith, I am taught that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made, wonderfully made, and I believe that very strongly. [Being gay] “can’t be fixed and it shouldn’t be fixed.”
Forgy Kerr saw the movie Boy Erased, which is based on Garrard Conley’s memoir. The film is about a young gay man sent to conversion therapy by his conservative Baptist parents and shows the horrors and atrocities that take place at conversion therapy programs, such as physical, emotional and psychological abuse.
“We’ve got to understand that, wherever we come down on the issue of homosexuality, this bill is about banning conversion torture,” she added.
Kerr introduced her legislation, Senate Bill 85, this month with cosponsors Sen. Julie Raque Adams, a Republican, and Sen. Morgan McGarvey, a Democrat. The bill would stop mental health professionals from performing conversion therapy on people under 18 or on adults who have a “mental or physical dysfunction.” Those who violate the law would be subject to discipline. The bill would also keep public funds from going to conversion therapy.
According to the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kerr said conversion therapy is based on the “false premise that being LGBTQ is a mental illness” and that such a practice is “barbaric.”
Unfortunately, Kerr is one of the only Republicans to support this kind of legislation. She hopes her efforts will help to educate her colleagues about conversion therapy because let’s be honest: conversion therapy is totally bulls*** and literally kills people.
Lets get with it, lawmakers!