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A Very Courageous Therapist
This morning, I had a call with Stephanie Winn, LMFT, who is a Therapist that helps detransitioners with their lives. For this, she was attacked by gender cult followers (“GCF”) that accused her of “conversion therapy”. She fought the allegations that were formed into a complaint with proceedings before the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, and the case was dismissed (rightfully).
Before I go further, the term “conversion therapy” is suspect. The gender-fluid ideology is that “conversion therapy” only means detransitioning therapy. But any reasonable person (GCFs are NOT reasonable) would consider the word “conversion” to mean converting from one state or thing to another, and in this frame, would apply equally to the original transitioning “conversion” as well. Don’t ask them about this logic, however, because they will only gaslight, deflect, and accuse…
Therapists are protected under the ADA:
So, Stephanie, as a therapist offering help to detransitioners, is actually covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a protected capacity. She, and any other therapist that helps people with detransitioning therapy would benefit from knowing that (42 USC §12203(b)) provides that: “It shall be unlawful to coerce, intimidate, threaten, or interfere with any individual in the exercise or enjoyment of, or on account of his or her having exercised or enjoyed, or on account of his or her having aided or encouraged any other individual in the exercise or enjoyment of, any right granted or protected by this chapter.” (emphasis added)
This means that Stephanie, and other therapists who are brave enough to offer detransitioning therapy, at least in the United States, are “aiding and encouraging” the detransitioner (who meets the definition of disability, by actual disability and also by being regarded as disabled cannot be coerced, intimidated, threatened, or interfered with, and that includes state boards (28 CFR §35.134(b)). State actors hate hearing this invoked, however, because it also strips their immunity concerning ADA matters. (28 CFR §35.178) and Tennessee v. Lane 541 US 509 confirms this.
I regularly see judges recuse themselves (run like hell) when I call them out for ADA discrimination on the record. So, if you’re a therapist, and the state board is pursuing you for “conversion therapy” allegations of any sort, reach out to me.
Stephanie and I talked for about a half an hour concerning how the ADA is violated by the coercive projections of “gender affirming” care. She asked me pointed questions, and helped me see that I need to more clearly frame just how the ADA is violated by kids having gender fluid ideology thrust coercively upon them. I can explain it, but I need to explain it to people that have no history with the ADA, and at the moment, I’m on an expert level of application and utilization of the ADA, so I’m working on that.
I would encourage anyone that needs help with detransitioning in Oregon to contact her at her website: SomeTherapist.com
P.D., JAY V SHORE, Certified ADA Advocate