March 23, 2016 at 12:54 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Conversion therapy bans advance in Colo., Vt
Mathew Shurka, conversion therapy ban, conversion therapy, gay news, Washington Blade

‘Conversion therapy’ survivor Mathew Shurka spoke at a May 19, 2015 press conference at Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. on the introduction of a nationwide ban on the practice. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

DENVER — Lawmakers across the country continue to advance efforts to ban so-called conversion therapy for minors.

The Colorado House of Representatives March 17 approved a bill that would prohibit the controversial practice. A similar measure passed in the Vermont Senate the day before.

“The idea that being somehow queer or trans-identified is something that needs to be fixed or something that can be fixed is obviously very dangerous especially because when youth come out to their parents, parents struggle with that,” Outright Vermont Executive Director Melissa Murray told Northeast Public Radio.

D.C., California, Illinois, New Jersey and Oregon have passed laws that ban conversion therapy to minors.

A bill that would have banned the controversial practice in Virginia died in the state Senate in January.

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