Rabb supports bill to protect Pa. kids from anti-LGBT 'conversion therapy'

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 19 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today joined fellow legislators and Mayor Jim Kenney in calling for passage of a statewide law to protect minors from anti-LGBTQ "conversion therapy."

"As someone who firmly believes in the Golden Rule -- not to mention as a father who loves my children unconditionally -- I am sickened that such malevolent chicanery has been allowed to be practiced on members of the LGBTQ community. We all have an obligation to protect children from harm whether or not we are parents or guardians ourselves. I believe this includes protecting our young people from this discredited practice that can do so much damage to already marginalized youth," Rabb said.

"I think it would send a powerful message if the most populous city in the commonwealth affirms the wisdom of the city of Pittsburgh by passing a ban on this oppressive practice. I want to go even further and protect kids across the state," Rabb said.

Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., and Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, D-Phila./Delaware, will again be the lead sponsors of the legislation in the House and Senate.

Sims, the state's first out LGBT legislator, said, "In his first weeks in office, Representative Rabb is already demonstrating his commitment to the LGBT community, including the vulnerable young people who are at risk from so-called 'conversion therapy.' He understands the need to protect all kids."

Rabb represents the 200th Legislative District in northwest Philadelphia, which is believed to have one of the largest population of lesbian-headed households in the state.