Florida Senate - 2015 SB 204 By Senator Clemens 27-00387-15 2015204__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to sexual orientation change efforts; 3 creating s. 456.064, F.S.; defining the term “sexual 4 orientation change effort”; prohibiting persons who 5 are licensed to provide professional counseling and 6 various practitioners who are licensed under 7 provisions regulating the practice of medicine, 8 osteopathic medicine, psychology, clinical social 9 work, marriage and family therapy, or mental health 10 counseling from engaging in sexual orientation change 11 efforts on behalf of a person who is younger than a 12 specified age; providing that a violation of the 13 prohibition constitutes unprofessional conduct subject 14 to disciplinary proceedings by the Department of 15 Health and the appropriate regulatory board; providing 16 an effective date. 17 18 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 19 20 Section 1. Section 456.064, Florida Statutes, is created to 21 read: 22 456.064 Sexual orientation change efforts.— 23 (1) As used in this section, the term “sexual orientation 24 change effort” means any practice or treatment performed with 25 the goal of changing a person’s sexual orientation, including, 26 but not limited to, efforts to change behavior, gender identity, 27 or gender expression, or to reduce or eliminate sexual or 28 romantic attraction or feelings toward a person of the same 29 gender. The term does not include counseling that: 30 (a) Provides support to a person actively undergoing gender 31 transition; or 32 (b) Provides acceptance, support, and understanding of a 33 person or facilitates a person’s coping, social support, and 34 identity exploration and development, including sexual 35 orientation-neutral interventions to prevent or address unlawful 36 conduct or unsafe sexual practices, if such counseling is not 37 conducted with the goal of changing the person’s sexual 38 orientation or gender identity. 39 (2)(a) A person who is licensed to provide professional 40 counseling, or who performs counseling as part of his or her 41 professional training under chapter 458, chapter 459, chapter 42 490, or chapter 491, including, but not limited to, medical 43 practitioners, osteopathic practitioners, psychologists, social 44 workers, marriage and family therapists, and licensed 45 counselors, may not engage in sexual orientation change efforts 46 on behalf of a person younger than 18 years of age. 47 (b) A licensed professional as described in paragraph (a) 48 who engages in or attempts to engage in sexual orientation 49 change efforts on behalf of a person younger than 18 years of 50 age engages in unprofessional conduct and is subject to 51 disciplinary proceedings by the department and the appropriate 52 regulatory board. 53 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.