Saturday, May 30, 2015

Illinois: State Senate Votes 34-19 To Protect LGBT Youth From "Ex-Gay" Torture

The Illinois state Senate on Friday approved a measure, by a vote of 34-19, that will ban so-called "ex-gay" therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth.

The bill passed by a 34-19 vote after receiving House approval this month. It now heads to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has not indicated whether he plans to sign the bill into law.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), points to several mental health associations support banning the practice as studies have shown it can be extremely damaging causing “mental illness, trauma and can increase the risk of suicide.”

The legislation would ban mental health providers from using the controversial treatment on anyone under 18 years old.

Currently California, Oregon, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. have approved similar bans on "conversion" therapy.

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