Nevada Bans 'Ex-Gay' Therapy To Minors

Jay Anderson
May 19, 2017

"Conversion therapy has been disavowed by medical experts and is considered a non-effective method of treatment that can cause harm to an adolescent".

Democratic State Senator David Parks, the legislator who sponsored SB 201, said in a statement that the law was "a major step forward in building a more equal and inclusive state". The legislature amended the bill to clarify it still allows licensed health care professionals from engaging in "expressive speech or religious counseling" with minors if the licensed health care professionals are acting in their pastoral or religious capacity. Nevada is the seventh state to pass a law banning the practice.

Since New Jersey first outlawed conversion therapy in 2013, California, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Vermont, New Mexico and CT have also banned the practice.

Holly Welborn, policy director for the Nevada branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, said that while the organization had opposed previous iterations of the rule over privacy and transparency concerns, it supported this year's version after safeguards were strengthened.

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"Conversion therapy is a unsafe, discredited practice that has been shown to cause anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide among LGBTQ youth. Nevada knows that all of our children are born flawless", said NCLR Born ideal Campaign Director Carolyn Reyes in a statement. NY prohibits private health insurance from covering conversion therapy and bars its use at state mental health facilities, The Associated Press said.

Republican Governor Brian Sandoval signed the bill into law on Wednesday. New Mexico ban was approved just last month in April 2017 by Republican Gov. Susanna Martinez.

"Conversion therapy", sometimes referred to as "sexual orientation change efforts" or "reparative therapy", encompasses a range of practices that seek to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

"No child should be put through the risky and inhumane practice of conversion therapy", said HRC president Chad Griffin in a statement.

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