No more state funds in North Carolina will go to support “gay conversion therapy” since the governor Aug. 2 signed an executive order against it, Tribune News Service reports.
Democrat Roy Cooper signed executive order no. 97 that states “being LGBTQ is an innate quality and is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency or shortcoming.”
The order forbids funds controlled by the state to pay for such therapies, which as defined by the order, attempt to “change and individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions of feelings towards individuals of the same sex,” the Tribune reports.
Allison Scott, director of policy and programs at the Campaign for Southern Equality, praised the effort, saying that the governor’s order will create a safer environment for the state’s LGBTQ youth.
“Young LGBTQ people who endure ‘conversion therapy’ are at an immensely higher risk for depression and suicide than those whose identities are affirmed, a primary reason that we must do all we can to end this dangerous pseudoscience,” Scott said in a statement, according to the Tribune News Service report.