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Nearly 200,000 trans people have been through conversion therapy in the US

Thirteen and a half percent of all transgender people in the US have been through conversion therapy despite major medical organisations calling it ineffective and unethical, research has found. Equating to some 187,923 trans people across all 50 states, the study found that the controversial practice of attempting to change a person’s gender identity was most prevalent in Wyoming and South Dakota. Conversion therapy has been condemned by almost all major health association’s in the US, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of...
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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper Signs Executive Order Targeting Gay Conversion Therapy

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed an executive order barring state funds from going to doctors and organizations that practice gay conversion therapy. Today, Gov. Cooper signed Executive Order No. 97 to help protect LGBTQ children in North Carolina from the harmful practice of conversion therapy.— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) August 2, 2019 Tweeted Cooper on Friday: “Conversion therapy has been shown to pose serious health risks, and we should be protecting all of our children, including those who identify as LGBTQ, instead of subjecting them to...
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Colorado Becomes 18th State to Ban Conversion Therapy

Today, Colorado House Bill 19-1129: Prohibit Conversion Therapy for Minors, goes into effect. Sponsored by Representatives Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City, and Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, and Senator Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder, HB19-1129 bans a state-licensed medical or mental health care provider from engaging in the discredited, harmful practice of conversion therapy on a patient under 18 years of age in order to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. A physician or mental health care provider who violates this provision engages in unprofessional conduct under the applicable professional licensing board. Colorado...
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House Republicans Pushing Amazon to Resume Selling Books on Gay Conversion Therapy

The Republican Study Committee, a conservative caucus that includes more than 70 percent of all GOP House members, is pushing Amazon to resume selling books on gay conversion therapy by Joseph Nicolosi after they were removed from sale earlier this month. VICE reports: ‘Amazon removed books by Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, a clinical psychologist who is credited with originating gay conversion therapy, a debunked — and in some cases illegal — pseudoscientific method of trying to turn gay people straight. Nonetheless, the Republicans want to lobby to get his books —...
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In Wake of Mass Outrage, Israel’s Education Minister Flips and is Now ‘Strongly Opposed’ to Gay Conversion Therapy

Israel’s new education minister, Rafi Peretz, has done a sudden about face in the wake of worldwide condemnation of his remarks supporting harmful gay conversion therapy. Peretz wrote a letter to school principals on Tuesday, The Jerusalem Post reports, in which he said of students confused about their sexual orientation: “I always listened intently to their distress and on occasion recommended they consult with professionals. However, I never gave them a cold shoulder or advised them to do conversion therapy to which I am strongly opposed. I know that conversion...
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