SAINT PAUL, MN – Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed legislation to ban the discredited practice of so-called “conversion therapy,” HF 16 legislation, with a 81-47 vote. The legislation would ban conversion therapy on children or vulnerable adults, prohibit conversion therapy from being offered under medical assistance coverage and eliminate the misrepresentation of services or products associated with conversion therapy. The bill is authored by Rep. Athena Hollins (DFL-Saint Paul).
“Our 2SLGBTQIA+ and gender expansive youth should be celebrated for who they are and who they are going to become,” said Rep. Athena Hollins. “No one should be subjected to abuse and vicious treatment that cause harm and mental deprivation. When a child or youth is discovering their identities, it is utmost important that their family is given adequate support in navigating this new journey, together. Families should not be victimized and abused for their vulnerability.” (approved)
“People of all ages deserve to be loved, accepted, and valued for who they are,” said Speaker Melissa Hortman. “Banning the dangerous and discredited practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy’ will improve lives. DFLers will continue working to make Minnesota a more welcoming place and to promote inclusion in all areas of state law.”
“Every major professional health organization opposes conversion therapy, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Psychiatry Association,” said House Majority Leader Jamie Long. “Banning conversion therapy will make Minnesota a more welcoming state regardless of a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity.”
The prohibition of “conversion therapy” will put an end to the exploitation of families when they need support from their community. As an added measure, state health plans will no longer cover conversion therapy. Banning this practice would change lives, improve lives, and save lives.
Video of the hearing can be found on the House Info YouTube Page.