The End Conversion Therapy in Bellefonte Borough campaign finished in July 2018.
Ban Conversion Therapy in Bellefonte Borough
Protecting Children in Pennsylvania's Victorian Jewel
After working to end conversion therapy in State College Borough, we knew we needed to travel across Centre County and expand awareness about this terrible practice. We conducted several polls with our audience and they overwhelmingly said they wanted our efforts in Bellefonte Borough. Coinciding with our one-year anniversary, we announced our campaign in early June of 2018 to put an end to this LGBTQA child abuse.
From 2010 Census estimates, there are 153,990 residents in Centre County. With State College's prohibition ordinance (§9.1000) on conversion therapy for minors in February 2018, a total of 42,034 people were covered, or over a quarter of all county residents. If Bellefonte were to pass a similar ordinance, more than 30% of people living in Centre County would be covered under a conversion therapy law.
Bellefonte would also be the first non-home rule municipality in Centre County to pass such an ordinance. As smaller subdivisions in Pennsylvania enact these prohibitions, they are less likely to be challenged, and therefore, more municipalities are likely to follow suit.
Front & Centre was happy to begin this campaign by meeting with the welcoming Borough Council of Bellefonte to discuss the needs of such an ordinance and our experiences working with the Borough Council of State College in assisting them in a similar manner. We provided our audience with a link to email Mayor Wilson of Bellefonte and, after further communications with councilmembers, the Borough of Bellefonte because the second Centre County municipality to pass an ordinance on conversion therapy on 16 July 2018!
Ordinance No. 071618-01 prohibits acts of conversion therapy by mental health providers on minors through a punishment of $300.00-$1,000.00 per day. It passed 8-1, with Renee Brown, Evan Duffey, Jon Eaton, Melissa Hombosky, Doug Johnson, R. Michael Pendergast, Joanne Tosti-Vasey, and Anne Walker voting in favor. Randall Brachbill voted against the ordinance.
Last Updated: 30 July 2018