Thursday, August 25, 2022

Tonight - Conversion Therapy


In June, the La Crosse city council passed a resolution banning the practice called "conversion therapy." This is a dangerous and debunked practice that attempts to change a person's sexual orientation. Unfortunately, due to legal concerns, the original ban was rescinded so that language could be refined. The new version will be back before the Judiciary and Administration Committee on Tuesday, August 30, before going back to the City Council for another vote on September 8.

Complicating matters is a new threat by a right-wing law firm to sue if a ban is enacted. While 26 states have similar bans or limits, the Wisconsin MINjority Republican legislature is fighting with the majority-elected governor over the issue. In March 2021, after the State Department of Safety and Professional Standards adopted a rule to prohibit the harmful practice, the Wisconsin legislature maneuvered to protect it. In June 2021, Governor Evers signed an executive order banning the use of state and federal funds from being used in conversion therapy for minors. But, the order does not make the practice illegal, so several Wisconsin cities are taking the next step on their own. (Such bans are supported by the American Society for Suicide Prevention.)

The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection is hosting a  discussion about conversion (“reparative”) therapy with a panel of medical experts, mental health professionals, and religious leaders on Thursday, August 25th at 7:00 p.m. at English Lutheran Church, 16th and King. 

The events is FREE, but please get tickets in advance to help 0rogram planning. Refreshments will be served.

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