Utah to become 19th state to ban conversion therapy

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, photo public domain.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced Tuesday his state would implement regulations prohibiting mental health experts from engaging in “ex-gay” conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth, making Utah the 19th state to prohibit the widely discredited practice.

The announcement from a Herbert, a Republican, comes after a tumultuous debate over conversion therapy in the heavily Mormon state, where family rejection of LGBTQ youth is known to contribute to Utah’s homeless population.

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Massachusetts becomes 16th state to ban ‘ex-gay’ therapy for youth

By : Chris Johnson of The Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Gov. Charlie Baker (R-Mass.) has signed into law banning conversion therapy. (Photo by the Rappaport Center; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Massachusetts became the 16th state in the nation to ban “ex-gay” conversation therapy on April 8 after Gov. Charlie Baker signed a measure into law prohibiting the widely discredited practice for youth.

Brendan Moss, a Baker spokesperson, confirmed via an email to the Washington Blade his boss signed the legislation against conversion therapy.

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Hawaii governor signs bill banning conversion therapy for minors

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Friday signed into law a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy for minors.

“Sexual orientation is not an illness to be ‘cured’ — we accept you just the way you are,” said Ige in a tweet that included a picture of him signing the bill.

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