According to a report, workers from the Hawaii Department of Health gave a lecture at the University of Hawaii’s Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy that urged staff and graduate students not to record their interactions with LGBTQ+ kids. They warned that parents may have access to any content they collect.
The report revealed members of the Hawaii Department of Health’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division’s Safe Spaces Committee presented training on May 5 to university staff and graduate students to practice affirmations of LGBTQ+ youth, which Fox News Digital obtained by means of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
Safe Spaces Committee Chair Kimberly Allen and Committee Member Robin Lee gave the presentations.
The same slide that cautioned viewers to be aware of the state’s age of consent for mental health services law for youth 14+ included the statement that it should only be the conflicted person’s decision as to when and to whom they disclose their confusion with identity. It then claimed that being LGBTQ+ poses no physical threat, but coming out may.
According to a report, the text of Hawaii’s Minor Consent Law shows that the minor consent law, Act 37 SLH 2020, permits minors 14 years of age or older to consent to outpatient psychological services without the knowledge, consent, or involvement of the parents and or legal guardian, upon discussion with and approval of their licensed therapist. This provision of the law is only in effect if the minor’s licensed therapist recommends it. There is no one who can be held financially responsible for these services, including the child, their parents, or their legal guardians.
The last slide of the presentation provides a list of services that are available for LGBTQ+ young people and their families. One of these tools is a website called gaychurch, which is a directory that offers a list of ideologically similar participating Christian churches for those who identify with the LGBTQ+ community.