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Thursday, 22 November 2018 00:24

Utah and Minnesota join national effort to ban “conversion therapies” for LGBTQ youth

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Utah and Minnesota join the national effort launched by a dozen states and the District of Columbia to ban “conversion therapies” for minors.

A few days ago, Equality Utah Executive Director, Troy Williams, said LGBTQ rights advocates will push for a legislation that will make “conversion therapies” illegal.

In Minnesota, the newly elected gay representative, Hunter Cantrell, said he will work for his state to ban these “cures” too.

He said, “despite being denounced by every mainstream medical and mental health association, dozens of licensed medical providers in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota still practice conversion therapy.

“People who practice conversion therapy still think that being LGBTQ is a mental illness that should be cured. Unfortunately, there is no way to know how many young LGBTQ people have been the victim of this psychological abuse, which can lead to depression, substance abuse, and suicide.”

We have seen in recent months that more and more states have banned “conversion therapies” for LGBTQ youth, but a national legislation would save many minors who are still victims of these “therapies”.

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