Indeed, the City Council of Eau Claire unanimously approved a measure protecting LGBTQ youth from conversion therapies.
“In the face of anti-LGBTQ attacks from state and national politicians, cities and states are stepping up to move equality forward,” said HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout. “Conversion therapy is child abuse and we commend the Eau Claire City Council for putting the well-being and safety of our youth first. We remain committed to working with our partners nationwide to ensure that youth are protected from this junk science in every city in every state.”
The ordinance will come into effect in early November. It has a punishment of up to a $1,000 fine per case.
"I think we’re going to keep moving forward as a community. Towards acceptance, towards awareness, and towards inclusivity," Eau Claire School Board President and LGBTQ advocate Joe Luginbill told News 18.
Eau Claire joins the growing list of municipalities and states that ban conversion therapies to LGBTQ minors.