by Hypsilon, Tallinn

Wisconsin – next state to ban gay conversion therapy.

The state of Wisconsin (USA) might be the next state to ban the gay “cure” conversion for minors. This measure is the second attempt to ban.

 Wisconsin state Representative Amanda Stuck has proposed the bill, what would ban this practice for kids. This bill would ban the “treatment” of sexual orientation or gender identity by licensed health practitioners all over the state. The bill is also being backed by Vered Meltzer, the Appleton’s Alderman, and Kathy Flores, the state anti-violence coordinator. Flores told the reporters:” We believe that reparative or conversion therapy is a very damaging protocol that still exists and it adds to the stress of LGBTQ people from allowing them to live wholly and fully realized lives. Our goal is to promote love, acceptance, and resiliency, and we believe that this bill has the spirit of that.”


 Earlier this week, the state of Connecticut became the 9th state to ban this practice. This was celebrated by the Human Rights Campaign. “No child should be subjected to this abusive practice,” said the HRC President Chad Griffin, “Medical professionals agree this extremely harmful and discredited practice not only doesn’t work but can also have life-threatening consequences. We thank Governor Malloy and the Connecticut General Assembly for passing these crucially important protections for the state’s LGBTQ youth.”


 The 8 other states, what ban this “treatment” are: California, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New York, and New Mexico. Also, cities in the state of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida have put similar bans on this. Most of the major American medical associations have also denounced the therapy to change a person’s sexual orientation. For example, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association.


 

13 May, 2017