A vote for prejudice and discrimination

This is cruel and contrary to the ethics of the helping professions…

The Queerness

A new law in Tennessee proposes to allow therapists to refuse to see LGBTQ+ clients. Karen Pollock explores how this is not only discriminatory, but will protect incompetent and unethical practitioners.


Amidst bathroom bills and claims of political correctness gone mad, there is another piece of news from Tennessee which may have slipped under the radar. The House of Representatives has passed a bill allowing therapists to refuse to see clients whose “goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with the sincerely held principles of the counselors or therapist”. In case there is any doubt about who this is aimed at, the wording was originally “religious beliefs” not sincerely held principles. This bill has been prompted by the American Counselling Association’s 2014 code of ethics, and the outcome of a case which therapists across the world watched with interest. In order to understand why this is happening now, we need to…

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About Fairy JerBear

A disabled, trans/agender fairy bear living in the American Southwest and passionate about social justice, the environment, Trans/ LGBTQIA+ equality and combating bullying.
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