Out Texas State Rep. Celia Israel, a Democrat, on Friday introduced a bill which seeks to prohibit therapies that attempt to alter the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth.

If House Bill 3495 becomes law, Texas would become only the fourth jurisdiction after California, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. to outlaw so-called conversion therapy.

Gay rights groups applauded the move.

“Time and again we see the psychological wreckage from so-called conversion therapy and it has to stop,” Chuck Smith, executive director of Equality Texas, said in a statement. “Even onetime champions of this dangerous technique have changed their minds as the evidence piles up that such 'therapy' doesn’t work and, worse, is dangerous. Rep. Israel’s leadership here is welcome and puts the well-being of children first.”

“No child should be subjected to this extremely harmful and discredited so-called therapy,” said Human Rights Campaign (HRC) National Field Director Marty Rouse. “These harmful practices are based on the false claim that being LGBT is a mental illness that should be cured, using fear and shame to tell young people that the only way to find love or acceptance is to change the very nature of who they are. Psychological abuse has no place in therapy, no matter the intention.”

LGBT advocate the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) last year launched its #BornPerfect campaign, which aims to raise awareness about “the serious harms caused by attempts to change a young person's sexual orientation or gender identity.”

“Today, more than ever, it is clear that LGBT youth and their families need accurate information about the dangers of these unscientific and unethical practices, and this bill is a powerful educational tool. For the first time in history, laws like this are shining a light on an issue that has remained in the shadows for too long,” said National Center for Lesbian Rights Staff Attorney and #BornPerfect Campaign coordinator Samantha Ames. “We commend Representative Israel on making the lives of LGBT children a priority, as well all the local organizers who have worked tirelessly to get this bill introduced and ensure all Texans have the opportunity to grow up in a safe community where they are loved for exactly who they are.”

Supporters of such therapies unsuccessfully sued to keep bans in New Jersey and California from taking effect.