Denver City Council members have officially banned conversion therapy for minors, putting an end to the ineffective and cruel anti-LGBTQ method championed by many conservative Christians.
They did it with a unanimous 13-0 vote. And they did it only after state lawmakers failed four times to get similar legislation passed.
— Denver City Council (@DenCityCouncil) January 8, 2019
The ordinance specifically targets state-licensed therapists who wrongly claim being gay or trans is a mental illness that can (or needs to) be cured. Evangelical churches are still allowed to pretend those things are real, but businesses won’t be allowed to benefit from hurting citizens.
“This is a very proud moment for my administration, for members of City Council, and for everyone in Denver who values inclusion and acceptance,” Denver Mayor Hancock said Monday night.
The mayor previously said, “When my brother came out to our family all those years ago, we knew that our love and support was what he needed. All our LGBTQ+ youth here in Denver deserve the same, and they should be proud of who they are. We celebrate who they are, and they should feel welcome and that our city is open to them. Their safety, well being and happiness are our highest priority with this proposal.”
I am one proud Coloradoan.
Some conservatives have tried to argue that it is homosexuality itself that leads to an increase of depression, anxiety, and suicide. Turns out, those conditions only happen when LGBTQ youth are convinced that something is wrong with them — something that often happens in conservative religious environments.
When they are accepted and allowed to live as their authentic selves, they end up happy, healthy, and well-adjusted.
What a novel concept.
It’s good for them, and now it’ll be good for Denver.