Denver Passes Ban on Conversion Therapy
Yesterday, a landmark decision was made by the Denver City Council: the controversial psychotherapy called 'conversion therapy', which aims to change the sexual orientation of an individual, was banned.
The Denver Channel reports that "[conversion therapy] has been denounced by psychology's governing bodies and the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office, which says there is 'no valid scientific evidence' to support the practice of conversion therapy." (Source)
In a statement now published on Denver's official website, Mayor Michael Hancock said, "This is a very proud moment for my administration, for members of City Council, and for everyone in Denver who values inclusion and acceptance.
Tonight’s (Jan. 8) vote to ban conversion therapy is our city coming together and saying with one voice that we will never allow our LGBTQ+ youth to be the targets of these dubious practices, and that we are here to support them." Read his full statement here.