AMERICAN Counselling Association (ACA) plans to hold a conference in Nashville next year have been cancelled because of new Tennessee anti-LGBT legislation, it said on Tuesday.
A new state law would authorise therapists to decline to see patients based on religious values and personal principles.
The ACA condemned the new law as a “hate bill” that discriminates against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and an unprecedented attack on the counselling profession.
The organisation said that no other state had passed such a law and vowed to work to get it repealed.
“Our message to other states is don’t introduce Bills that are essentially legalising discrimination,” said ACA chief executive Richard Yep. “It is discriminating against those who are least able to fight back.”
Mr Yep said that the conference would have brought between 3,500 and 4,000 people to Music City.