Human Rights Commission

Current HRC projects

Conversion therapy ordinance 

  • 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.  For more information about the recommendation, please view the attached presentation.
  • Conversion Therapy Presentation to City Council - January 25, 2021

Next steps

  • March 1, 2021 – Draft ordinance presented to City Council
  • March 22 or April 5, 2021 – Final draft ordinance presented to City Council for adoption

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.

 

Purpose

The Human Rights Commission was formed in 1968 shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The purpose of the Commission is to aid and advise the City Council in ensuring for all citizens of the city equal opportunity in those areas protected by law and in such other affairs as may affect the social standards of the city.

Meeting information

The Commission typically meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Due to COVID-19, meetings are held virtually until further notice. Log-in info will be posted on the event's calendar entry.

Contact the Commission

To learn more about the Human Rights Commission and its work, contact Staff Liaison Melissa Wurst-Persaud at 952-563-4950 or email humanrights@BloomingtonMN.gov.

HRC commissioners

Kari Barber Vice Chairperson February 28, 2022
Mollie Bousu Commissioner February 28, 2023
Maggie Mills Youth Commissioner August 31, 2021
Katrina Moberg Youth Commissioner August 31, 2021
Anita Smithson Commissioner February 28, 2023
Lezlie Taylor Commissioner February 28, 2023

May we speak to your group?

Better understanding comes through improved communications. The Commission members are available to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.