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Special Projects: Conversion Therapy Ordinance

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For the past year, the Human Rights Commission has researched the practice of conversion therapy and its impact in Bloomington. Conversion Therapy is any practice performed with the intent of changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Research demonstrated that conversion therapy has been discredited by major medical associations as ineffective and likely to cause emotional and mental harm to recipients. Additionally, in June – July 2020, the United Nations Human Rights Council recommended that States ban the practice.

On January 25, 2021, the Human Rights Commission presented their findings and recommended that the City Council adopt an ordinance banning the practice of conversion therapy on minors by licensed mental health practitioners in Bloomington. 

On March 1, 2021, at the direction of the City Council, the Human Rights Commission presented a draft ordinance of a conversion therapy ban for Bloomington. The proposed ordinance would ban conversion therapy by licensed providers for minors (age 17 and under) and vulnerable adults as defined by the State of Minnesota. Clergy and religious leaders would be exempt from this ordinance. 

On April 19, 2021 the City Council adopted a Conversion Therapy Ordinance banning the practice for minors and vulnerable adults

Additional resources

  • OutFront MN provides advocacy and programs for LGBTQ community in the areas of community organizing, public policy, anti-violence, law, education and training, and Youth and Schools Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Network.
  • The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
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