Gainesville first north Florida city to ban conversion therapy

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. | Gainesville became the first city in north Florida to ban conversion therapy for minors April 5 when the Gainesville City Commission unanimously voted to outlaw the practice.

The ordinance will “prohibit licensed professionals from engaging in counseling efforts, practices or treatments with the goal to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity.”

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Washington State becomes 11th to ban ‘ex-gay’ conversion therapy

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law on Thursday a ban on “ex-gay” conversion therapy, making the Evergreen State the eleventh in the nation to prohibit the widely discredited practice for youth.

Inslee signed the measure, SB 5722, at a ceremony in Olympia, Wash., making it illegal for licensed mental health therapists in engage in conversion therapy for individuals under the age of 18.

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Lutheran seminary fires president over LGBTQ ‘conversion therapy’

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The board of trustees at a prominent Lutheran seminary in Pennsylvania has voted to fire the school’s president after it was revealed she worked for a group that promoted “conversion therapy.”

United Lutheran Seminary said Wednesday it has fired the Rev. Theresa Latini.

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Washington Senate passes conversion ban, transgender bullying bills

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate has passed a bill seeking to ban therapists from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation.

Senate Bill 5722 passed on a 32-16 vote Friday and now heads to the House. The measure would deem it “unprofessional conduct” for a licensed health care provider to perform conversion therapy on a patient under the age of 18.

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Mike Parrow on being an openly gay wrestler, going viral and what he meant by “masculine-shaming”

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Mike Parrow is a 34-year-old professional wrestler in Orlando, Florida. At 6 feet, 4 inches and weighing in at over 300 pounds, he towers over most people he comes in contact with. While his outward appearance impresses confidence, inside Parrow spent years gripped by panic that those around him would discover a secret he was keeping: he is gay.

Parrow first faced that fear about four years ago after he met Morgan—the man who would eventually become his fiancée—by coming out to those closest to him: friends, family and some co-workers.

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House kills ban on gay conversion therapy for minors

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Therapy that seeks to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity will remain legal in New Hampshire, though lawmaker say they found no evidence it is being practiced in the state.

The House on Tuesday killed two bills that would have prohibited so-called conversion therapy. Supporters of the measure said the state should ban an inappropriate, ineffective and harmful practice regardless of how often it occurs. But opponents said state licensing boards already have the authority to regulate and discipline any practitioner who uses coercive tactics.

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Palm Beach County is first in Florida to ban conversion therapy

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ABOVE: (L-R) Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner, Vice Mayor Mack Bernard, Commissioner Hal Valeche, Mayor Melissa McKinlay, and Commissioners Mary Lou Berger, Paulette Burdick and Steven Abrams. Photo courtesy Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. | While many councils in the state have passed conversion therapy bans in their own cities, no Florida county had passed a ban until now.

The seven county commissioners voted 5-2 to prohibit conversion therapy for minors in Palm Beach County Dec. 19. Commissioners Steven Abrams and Hal Valeche were the two to vote against the ban.

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Rights group urges China to ban abusive gay ‘conversion therapy’

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HONG KONG (AP) – The Chinese government should stop hospitals and other medical facilities from subjecting LGBT people to conversion therapy that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary confinement and forced medication, a human rights group said Nov. 15.

The report released by New York-based Human Rights Watch, based on interviews with 17 people subjected to the widely criticized techniques since 2009, comes as awareness has grown in China regarding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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Arizona county bans paid “conversion therapy” for minors

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – The Pima County Board of Supervisors in Arizona approved a resolution banning paid sexual orientation “conversion therapy” of minors.

The decision made Aug. 1 echoes decisions in nine other states that have made conversion therapy illegal and takes the public stance that sexual identity is not a disorder or mental illness.

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Church of England approves motion to ban conversion therapy

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The Church of England’s General Synod on Saturday approved a motion that urges the British government to ban so-called conversion therapy.

The motion — which members of the church’s national assembly approved during their meeting in the English city of York — describes conversion therapy as “unethical, potentially harmful and not supported by evidence.” It also says the controversial practice has “no place in the modern world.”

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Man wins lawsuit in China over forced gay conversion therapy

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BEIJING (AP) – A gay man in central China has successfully sued a mental hospital over forced conversion therapy, in what activists are hailing as the first such victory in a country where the LGBT rights movement is gradually emerging from the fringes.

A court in Zhumadian in Henan province ordered a city mental hospital to publish a public apology in local newspapers and pay the 38-year-old man 5,000 yuan ($735) in compensation, according to a copy of the June 26 judgment seen by The Associated Press.

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Rhode Island House votes to ban gay conversion therapy

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island House of Representatives has voted to pass a bill that would bar licensed health care providers from using so-called gay conversion therapy to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

The House voted 69-0 to pass the bill May 30, with six legislators not voting. It now moves to the state Senate.

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