The office of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced that he will sign an executive order on Thursday banning controversial “conversion therapy” practices to protect LGBTQ youth in the state.
As the Republican-controlled state Senate has repeatedly opposed the ban, Waltz intends to bypass the state’s legislature to issue the ban. For many years, the state’s legislature has refused to prohibit this practice.
When the previous bill prohibiting conversion therapy was Republicans in the state senate in the past, Democratic state Senator Scott Dibble said, “It is unconscionable that some of the very people elected to protect the most vulnerable Minnesotans chose to ignore their stories of pain and harm and the outcry from thousands of their supporters to Put an end to this old form of treatment. We are over in Minnesota to put an end to this discredited and barbaric practice.”
At least 20 other states ban the use of conversion therapy for minors because of its potential harm and it is largely questioned by American medical institutions. Even before the statewide executive order was issued, some cities in Minnesota had banned conversion therapy, including Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth.
The practice of conversion therapy attempts to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTQ subjects, making them cisgender and/or heterosexual.
In 2015, the president Barack Obama After a transgender teenager died by suicide, a religious therapist tried to change her back to a male image, and called for stopping the use of conversion therapy for minors.
A study published by the Trevor Project found that “in the past year, LGBTQ youths who received conversion therapy were more than twice as likely to report suicide attempts, and were more than 2.5 times more likely to report multiple suicide attempts. “
In recent years, many leaders and supporters of conversion therapy, who call themselves “ex-homosexuals” due to treatment, have come out or are publicly still gay.
In 2019, McKrae Game, who led a faith-based conversion therapy program called “Hope Whole”, was still a gay when he came out.
“Conversion therapy is not only a lie, but also very harmful,” the game tells Postal and courier“Because this is a false advertisement.”
In the same year, David Matheson, who wrote many of the “journey to adulthood” programs used in translational therapy courses, was still a gay when he came out.
In 2018, Norman Goldwasser, the clinical director of Horizon Psychological Services at the Florida Conversion Treatment Center, was discovered to use the screen name “hotnhairy72” on gay networking sites Manhunt and Gay Bear Nation.
According to a statement, the Democratic governor will join Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan at the executive order signing ceremony on Thursday morning 21-25.
Weekly newspaper The office of Governor Waltz was contacted, but no response was received immediately.
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