Nevada Bans 'Ex-Gay' Therapy To Minors

Republican Governor Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 201 into law on Wednesday, having his state join California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York via executive action, Oregon, and Vermont.

In 2014, the Born Perfect campaign was launched to end conversion therapies in every USA state. Other Republican governors who have signed bans on "ex-gay" therapy for youth are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Sandoval's signature contributes to a growing bipartisan consensus regarding conversion therapy bans. David Parks (D-Las Vegas), makes it illegal for licensed physicians, therapists, or counselors to engage in therapy meant to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Sandoval is the fourth Republican governor to sign into a law a ban on conversion therapy. "We thank Governor Sandoval and the Nevada State Legislature for passing these crucially important protections for the state's LGBTQ youth". "Conversion therapy is a risky, discredited practice that has been shown to cause anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide among LGBTQ youth".

Democratic State Senator David Parks, the legislator who sponsored SB 201, said in a statement that the law was "a major step forward in building a more equal and inclusive state".

Grassroots advocacy efforts by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Gender Justice Nevada, Kaempfer Crowell and The Human Rights Campaign all stood up behalf of survivors of conversion therapy for the past 20 years.

Lopez said the greatest danger of government reparative therapy bans is the effect they have in combination with escalating LGBTQ propaganda programs in schools, especially those aimed at the very young.

Since New Jersey first outlawed conversion therapy in 2013, California, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Vermont, New Mexico and CT have also banned the practice.

  • Arturo Norris