Bisexual US governor bans LGBT conversion therapy

13firstdraft-kate-brown-tmagArticleKate Brown, the US’s first openly bisexual governor, has signed a bill which bans the use of “conversion therapy” on LGBT youth in the state of Oregon.

House Bill 2307 became law earlier this week. The bill protects anyone under the age of 18 from being encouraged by any state-licensed therapist to change their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Sadly, Oregon joins only two other states – California and New Jersey – in outlawing conversion therapy for minors. This, despite the fact that homosexuality was declassified as a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association in 1973.

Conversion therapy uses methods including hypnosis, psychoanalysis and heterosexual dating and gender presentation “training”. Even as late as 1981, lobotomies, chemical castration and electric shock treatment were still used in the US.

 

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