Conversion Therapy Bans by U.S. State

Why do states and municipalities enact conversion therapy bans?

The answer is simple. Conversion therapy professes to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to change or overcome their sexual orientation or gender identity. But this family of therapies has the opposite effect: reinforcing depression, low self-esteem, shame, addictive and compulsive behavior, loss of religious faith, self-harm, and suicidal tendencies. Conversion therapy also tears families apart, as it demands that youths erroneously blame their parents for their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Conversion therapy is inherently harmful, unprofessional, unscientific, and fraudulent.

Consequently, regional efforts to ban conversion therapy focus upon professional mental-health providers and their license to provide constructive, responsible, and professional care that is accepted and regulated by the mental-health science community.

As of now, conversion therapy has been banned in 20 states and more than 70 municipalities within the United States.

  1. California
  2. Colorado
  3. Connecticut
  4. Delaware
  5. Hawaii
  6. Illinois
  7. Maine
  8. Maryland
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Nevada
  11. New Hampshire
  12. New Jersey
  13. New Mexico
  14. New York
  15. Oregon
  16. Rhode Island
  17. Vermont
  18. Washington
  19. Utah
  20. Virginia

For information about municipalities that have banned conversion therapy, or about pending state legislation, please contact Mathew Shurka at Born Perfect.