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The Mexico City Congress has approved a bill reforming the city’s penal code to criminalize conversion therapy. The reform seeks to penalize practitioners of conversion therapy, and the relevant provision in the Code specifies “the criminalization of contracts, treatments, therapies or services, tasks or activities that pretend to correct the sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression [...]

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Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti introduced a bill to the Canadian House of Commons on Monday to criminalize sexual orientation conversion therapy programs. The bill would amend the Criminal Code to criminalize conversion therapy for all minors, including removing a child from Canada with the intention of subjecting the child [...]

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The Governor of Utah, Gary Herbert, implemented a ban on conversion therapy on Tuesday, making Utah the nineteenth state to ban the practice. Herbert first proposed the rule in November 2019, basing it off of HB 399. The law failed to pass last year after conservative members of the legislature amended the bill so much [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland on Friday dismissed claims against § 1-212.1 of the Health Occupations Article of the Maryland Code banning sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors. Christopher Doyle, the plaintiff and a therapist, alleged that this ban violated his First Amendment rights to speech, to receive [...]

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German Health Minister Jens Spahn announced plans Tueday to write a new law banning conversion therapy. The new law would ban the practice of conversion therapy, which has been widely discredited by medical professionals. Currently, Germany experiences about 1,000 attempts at conversion therapy every year involving coaches, therapists and in some cases exorcisms. Under the [...]

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Maine Governor Janet Mills on Wednesday signed a bill prohibiting licensed professionals from administering conversion therapy to minors, becoming the seventeenth state in the US to ban the practice. The bill forbids “advertising, offering and administering of therapy designed to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, also known as conversion therapy, to individuals [...]

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill on Monday that prohibits licensed medical professionals from providing conversion therapy for anyone under 18 years old. In enacting House Bill 140, Massachusetts becomes the sixteenth state, in addition to Washington, DC, that prohibits the practice aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. [...]

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Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló signed an executive order on Wednesday, banning the practice of “conversion therapy” for LGBQT+ minors. The order, which took effect immediately, requires the Secretary of Health to promulgate regulations within 90 days that prevents licensed health care professional from administering the practice. The executive order defines “conversion” or “reparative” therapies as “those interventions [...]

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The New York State Assembly passed two bills on Tuesday protecting transgender and gender non-conforming individuals from discrimination and banning “conversion therapy.” The first bill, Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), protects individuals from discrimination based on gender identity or expression. The bill adds gender identity and expression to the list of classes protected against discrimination in [...]

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