ADDED ON: 01/15/2019

Denver votes to ban conversion therapy

01/13/2019 | Washington Blade

DENVER — With a unanimous City Council vote Monday night, Denver became Colorado’s first jurisdiction to ban use of conversion therapy to try to change the sexual orientation of minors, governing.com reports. Psychology’s governing bodies have denounced conversion therapy, which treats being LGBT as a mental illness. Research shows such therapy increases the risk of suicide, drug abuse and depression among teens. “Tonight’s vote to ban conversion therapy is our city coming together and saying with one voice that we will never allow our LGBTQ-plus youth to be the targets of these dubious practices, and that we are here to support them,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said in a statement, according to  governing.com.

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