Ordinance prohibits ‘conversion therapy’ in Minneapolis
The City Council has approved an ordinance that prohibits “conversion therapy” in Minneapolis. What is called conversion therapy (also reparative therapy) refers to treatment based on the discredited premise that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) is a mental disorder that can be cured or corrected. Medical, mental health and child welfare experts have denounced this practice as ineffective, unreliable and unsafe.
The ban on this practice is required to protect young people from harmful effects of this practice. Exposure to “conversion therapy” can harm people through adulthood with effects including:
- Substance abuse.
- Hostility and blame toward parents.
- Problems with sexual and emotional intimacy.
- A feeling of being dehumanized and untrue to self.
The City will enforce the ban through potential administrative citations and civil fines.
Bans on conversion therapy exist in 18 states and about 53 cities with many pending.
Nov. 22, 2019
Published Nov 22, 2019