San Diego will be the site of a conversion therapy conference in June.
Nevada has joined the ranks of seven other states which ban “conversion” therapies otherwise known as ex-gay ministries and restorative therapies.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed SB201 into law, which now prohibits such practices on youth in the 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.
In 2014, the Born Perfect campaign was launched to end conversion therapies in every U.S. state.
National Center for Lesbian Rights Youth Policy Counsel and Born Perfect Campaign Director Carolyn Reyes issued the following statement in response:
“Today, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and elected officials have prioritized the safety, health, and well-being of LGBTQ Nevadans by putting an end to the discredited practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy.’ The American Psychological Association has linked conversion therapy to depression, substance abuse and even suicide—risks that are particularly acute for youth. Nevada knows that all of our children are born perfect.”
Next month San Diego will host a large Conversion Therapy conference near Mission Valley. Although the practice is illegal in the state for people 18 and under, adults are free to pursue the programs.