adjectivedeparting from usual or accepted standards, especially in social or sexual behavior.
That’s one word we can strike from the dictionary. There are no usual or accepted standards.
The banner headline in today’s Las Vegas newspaper reports the state’s health insurance will start covering transgender procedures for public employees in July.
“The Public Employee Benefits Program board voted in November to remove language in the state’s self-funded and HMO plans that specifically excluded therapy for gender dysphoria,” the paper stated.
The paper quoted a member of that board as saying, “I am grateful that our plan documents … are going to be in line with current and modern thinking and respectful of our society.”
During the recent legislative session the state Senate voted 14-5 in favor of a bill that would have prohibited mental health providers from offering sexual orientation conversion therapy to a minor, regardless of that person’s willingness to undergo the treatment or the desires of his or her parents.
The bill defined “sexual orientation conversion therapy” as “any psychotherapy, counseling, hypnosis or other treatment or therapy aimed at altering the sexual or romantic attraction, desire or conduct of a person toward persons of the same sex so that such sexual or romantic attraction, desire or conduct is eliminated, reduced or redirected toward persons of the opposite sex.”
It got lost in the shuffle of the closing days of the session in the Assembly.
The state will pay for one conversion, but came close to prohibiting another conversion. Just an observation of the changing times and what is acceptable behavior and modern thinking. It is a one-way street.