WITH SANDOVAL’S SIGNATURE, NEVADA BECOMES EIGHTH STATE TO BAN CONVERSION THERAPY FOR MINORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 17, 2017

 

WITH SANDOVAL’S SIGNATURE, NEVADA BECOMES EIGHTH STATE TO BAN CONVERSION THERAPY FOR MINORS

 

CARSON CITY - Today, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 201, which bans the use of LGBTQ conversion therapy on minors. Senate Bill 201 was sponsored by State Senator David Parks (D - Las Vegas).

 

Senator Parks made the following statement:

 

“Nevada has a long record of passing progressive legislation to protect the LGBTQ community with bipartisan support, and I want to thank Governor Sandoval for signing this critical legislation to protect LGBTQ youth. Banning conversion therapy makes Nevada a safer place for children who are at a higher risk for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and even suicide. This bill is a major step forward in building a more equal and inclusive state.”

 

Conversion therapy is a discredited practice that falsely claims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. It is opposed by mainstream mental health practitioners and organizations. Nevada is the eighth state to pass a law banning the practice.  

 

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