Lesbian City Council Member Introduces Ordinance Trapping Sex-Trafficking Victims in Their Unwanted Behavior

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Email, call, then attend 5:30 p.m. 7/27

Charleston, WV Lesbian and City Council member Caitlin Cook has introduced an unconstitutional city ordinance called a ban on “Conversion Therapy.” It’s a scam claiming to protect kids. But in reality, it would prevent Christian counselors from talking with child and teen sex-trafficking victims. Some victims have been forced to perform lesbian shows for paying customers. But later during talk therapy sessions, when licensed counselors tell the girls it’s okay not to engage in same-sex behavior if they don’t want to, then the therapist or licensed pastor is in violation of the city ordinance.

Cook claims that religious professionals are trying to convert gay kids to be straight kids and that will make them suicidal. But that doesn’t exist, and the real purpose of the ordinance is to eliminate professional counselors who don’t affirm the LGBTQAI dogma, sometimes trapping kids and teens in unwanted same-sex behavior.

 

 

Cook is up for reelection soon, and her need to demonstrate her LGBTQAI street cred to her niche voters may be the reason why this highly controversial ordinance that would punish licensed talk-therapists is being pushed through in late July, while many conservative voters are on vacation.

 


Tuesday Night July 26th, the bill is in committee. Monday night August 2 will be the final vote at the city hall in Charleston.

Because of Cook, the Charleston City Council is proposing this ordinance that will also ban any Christian, Orthodox Jew, or Muslim psychologist, psychiatrist, licensed counselor, social worker, pastor, or intern from offering any heteronormative talk therapy to their mental health patients, under penalty of law. Many of those patients are children of neglect, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking.

 

 


Any victim of those crimes, or any sexually confused mental health patient who wants help stopping unwanted same-sex, sexual thoughts or behaviors, should get it. But they will be denied access by this BAN ON “CONVERSION THERAPY” ORDINANCE. Mental health care providers who are willing to help them through trained talk therapy will be penalized under law for simply saying things like, most little boys don’t touch one another like that.


 

 

Everyone, especially children and teens, needs professionals who will agree to meet their patients’ mental health goals. They shouldn’t be banned from providing talk therapy just because the patient’s goals are to live and act as a heterosexual citizen.

 

 


 

Allen Whitt, President of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, has been warning residents of Charleston about the dangers of this horrible ordinance.

Whitt said, “A similar ban by the city of Tampa, Florida, was ruled unconstitutional by the 11th Circuit Federal Court, yet Charleston presses forward in an attempt to silence any professional that would dare speak up to tell the truth to those seeking help from damaging and unwanted same-sex attractions.
However, talk therapy for any patient seeking help to embrace their same-sex attractions is not banned, and in fact, is encouraged by this proposed Charleston City ordinance. This is progressive LGBTQAI activism at its worst, to the detriment of both health care providers and patients in need.”

The current language focuses on minors and will strip parents of the right to take a confused child or teen to a licensed professional whose talk therapy matches the child’s and parents’ goals of resolving internal sexual or gender conflict, as 97% of the world chooses to resolve it.

We need Charleston citizens to call the members of the council today and tell them to abandon this unconstitutional effort that is guaranteed to result in a losing lawsuit, costing taxpayers millions in attorneys fees.

 


Much like they did with the “men in ladies rooms” ordinances, the LGBTQAI activists plan to start in Charleston. But then they will introduce these bans, which mainly impact Christian counselors and pastors, in every city in West Virginia until they leverage the legislature to pass a statewide ban preventing any West Virginia healthcare professional or pastor licensed in counseling from ever offering patients therapy for unwanted same-sex attractions.

 


There are several states and many blue cities that have passed similar laws and ordinances, called Bans on Conversion Therapy. However, they are all unconstitutional, regardless of carveout language designed to keep the fray down.

Whitt also commented, “You cannot legally tell a licensed professional counselor what speech they may or may not engage in. And it’s dangerous and unethical to tell a patient they will not have access to a healthcare provider who will help them toward the goals they set for themselves.”
There is no such thing as Conversion Therapy.
It’s a made-up boogyman. There have been no formal complaints filed with any mental healthcare governing authority since 1979 regarding coerced behavior associated with talk therapy when dealing with sexual orientation.
Bans on “Conversion Therapy” presuppose that there is scientific proof linking same-sex sexual orientation to genome 🧬. No such science has ever been replicated in double-blind studies. Therefore, there is zero proof that straight persons exist. Similarly, there is no scientific proof that gay persons exist.
Therefore, there can be no converting one orientation into another.
Science only has proof that humans exist, and that while most engage in sexual behavior, some become confused about the best path forward to remain healthy. They seek out healthcare providers for talk therapy.

 


 

 

Now Charleston, for purely political reasons, is pretending to protect nonexistent victims of a medical practice that doesn’t exist, nor can ever exist. (Neither Councilwoman Cook nor the city council can cite a single practitioner of “Conversion Therapy” in Charleston or in West Virginia.)

The ultimate goal is to silence all dissent against same-sex behavior. Australia began bans on talk therapy for minors. Then on adults. Then they banned all churches and ministries from even hosting volunteers willing to do talk therapy if they dared suggest ANY heteronormative statements to those in attendance.
The “Conversion Therapy” ban bills usually include both sex and gender therapy. These bans leave gender-confused (biological sex dysphoric kids), with only medical interventions left as options. Puberty blockers, cross-sex sterilizing homone treatment, and surgical mutilating procedures are then used as the “relief” from sexually-confusing feelings. Physically alter the kid so she feels she can never return to normal, even later in life. That’s the macabre goal of these vaugely-worded ordinances. And it’s all a political game to them, using children as pawns.

Real-time example: The little boy whose mother has renamed him Becky Jackson, who is suing West Virginia to overturn our Save Girls Sports law, will have no access to a therapist. So the experimental drugs, experimental amputations, and experimental castrations are the only medical treatments available for those confused children.
LGBTQAI activists understand that anyone can at any point opt out of same-sex behavior. But post-butchered patients can’t just undo these medical interventions. These kids need counseling, not surgery. Charleston banning counseling would leave these families helpless.

Council Agenda link here:

Charleston, West Virginia City Council

Pat Jones
Pat Jones (D) Ward 1 Council Member
1103 Ledgehill Dr
Charleston, WV 25387
H (304) 419-3555
pj1council@yahoo.com

Bobby Haas
Bobby Haas (D) Ward 2 Council Member
1586 Sugar Creek Drive
Charleston, WV 25387
H: (304) 345-2236
C: (304) 410-6577
bobbyhaas1586@yahoo.com

Chuck Overstreet
Chuck Overstreet (D) Ward 3 Council Member
934 Mathews Avenue
Charleston, WV 25302
H: (304) 346-9417
covers6053@aol.com

Larry Moore
Larry Moore Ward 4 Council Member
501 Virginia Street East
Charleston, WV 25301
larry.moore@cityofcharleston.org

Jeanine Faegre
Jeanine Faegre (D) Ward 5 Council Member
501 Virginia St E,Charleston, WV 25301
C: (304) 545-8018
jfaegre@hotmail.com

Deanna McKinney
Deanna McKinney (D) Ward 6 Council Member
526 Grant Street
Charleston, WV 25302
H: (304) 207-0889
councilwomanmckinney@gmail.com

Adam Knauff
Adam Knauff (R) Ward 7 Council Member
1607 Woodbine Ave.
Charleston, WV 25302
C: (304) 741-0781
adamknauff@hotmail.com

Robert Sheets
Robert Sheets (D) Ward 8 Council Member
603 Ruffner Ave
Charleston, WV, 25311
681-313-8022
Robertsheetswv@aol.com

Mary Beth Hoover
Mary Beth Hoover (D) Ward 9 Council Member
28 A Ruffner Avenue
Charleston, WV 25311
C: (304) 543-4082
hoovermb74@hotmail.com

Keeley Steele
Keeley Steele (D) Ward 10 Council Member
1600 Washington St., E
Charleston, WV 25311
O: (304) 250-9463
ward10@repairwv.com

Shannon Snodgrass
Shannon Snodgrass (D) Ward 11 Council Member
501 Virginia St. East
Charleston, WV 25301
O: (304) 545-2032
snodgrassshannon@aol.com

Joseph Jenkins
Joseph Jenkins (D) Ward 12 Council Member
839 Gordon Drive
Charleston, WV 25303
C: (304) 575-9202
joseph.jenkins@cityofcharleston.org

Brent Burton
Brent Burton (R) Ward 13 Council Member
340 MacCorkle Ave SE
Charleston, WV 25314
O: (304) 345-8000 x151
brent.burton@assuredpartners.com

Courtney Persinger
Courtney Persinger (R) Ward 14 Council Member
1012 Glen Rd.
Charleston, WV 25314
H: (304) 344-1265
C: (304) 545-1856
O: (304) 344-5200
courtney.c.persinger@gmail.com

Samuel Minardi
Samuel Minardi (D) Ward 15 Council Member
1526 Bedford Rd.
Charleston, WV 25314
H: (304) 342-4685
O: (304) 343-4045
sam.minardi@gmail.com

Bobby Reishman
Bobby Reishman (R) Ward 16 Council Member
1409 Somerlayton Drive
Charleston, WV 25314
H: (304) 342-8422
robert@reishman.com

Bruce King (D)
Bruce King (D) Ward 17 Council Member
4606 Virginia Ave. SE
Charleston, WV 25304
C: (304) 216-1785
rbrucekingjr@yahoo.com

Will Laird
Will Laird (D) Ward 18 Council Member
5512 Lancaster Ave
Charleston, WV 25304
W: (304) 314-3550
will.laird@cityofcharleston.org

Brady Campbell
Brady Campbell (R) Ward 19 Council Member
1933 Olympus Rd.
Charleston, WV 25314
C: (304) 550-1705
O: (304) 341-1227
wvubradywvu@gmail.com

Chad Robinson
Chad Robinson (D) Ward 20 Council Member
793 Lower Donnally Rd.
Charleston, WV 25304
C: (304) 389-7373
chad.robinson@cityofcharleston.org

Ben Adams
Ben Adams (D) Council Member At-Large 1
1317 Mt. Vernon Pl
Charleston,WV 25314
C: (304)-543-0139
ben.adams@cityofcharleston.org

Becky Ceperley
Becky Ceperley (D) Council Member At-Large 2
1524 Stonehenge Rd.
H: (304) 343-2353
Charleston, WV 25314
ceperleyb@gmail.com

Naomi Bays
Naomi Bays (D) Council Member At-Large 3
501 Virginia Street East
Charleston, WV 25301
C: (304) 395-5455
O: (304) 344-2473
naomi.bays@cityofcharleston.org

Jennifer Pharr
Jennifer Pharr (D) Council Member At-Large 4
3 Lambert Place
Charleston, WV 25314
C: (304) 615-7574
jennifer.pharr@cityofcharleston.org

Caitlin Cook
Caitlin Cook (D) Council Member At-Large 5
1534 Summit Drive
Charleston, WV 25302
C: (304) 543-4879
caitlin.cook@cityofcharleston.org

John Kennedy Bailey
John Kennedy Bailey (D) Council Member At-Large 6
PO Box 2505
Charleston, WV 25329
W: (304) 346-5646
john.kennedy.bailey@cityofcharleston.org

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adamknauff@hotmail.com
hoovermb74@hotmail.com
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snodgrassshannon@aol.com
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brent.burton@assuredpartners.com
courtney.c.persinger@gmail.com
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robert@reishman.com
rbrucekingjr@yahoo.com
will.laird@cityofcharleston.org
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naomi.bays@cityofcharleston.org
jennifer.pharr@cityofcharleston.org
caitlin.cook@cityofcharleston.org
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