Tim Fitzsimons and The Associated Press
Treatment that looks for to change minors’ sexual preference or gender identity is now prohibited in Colorado. Gov. Jared Polis, the first honestly gay man ever elected governor in the U.S., signed the restriction into law on Friday.
” Colorado has joined a growing list of states that have prohibited so-called conversion treatment. It’s a dreadful practice that has actually long been widely-discredited by medical and mental health experts and has actually scarred lots of survivors for life,” Polis stated in a statement emailed to NBC News. “Today Colorado took a crucial advance in recognizing our variety as a strength. These costs genuinely underscore the idea that Colorado is a state where everyone can be their true selves and live the life they desire.”
Colorado is now the 18 th U.S. state– and the fourth this year– to prohibit the controversial practice. Just this week, Maine’s governor signed a ban
Research shows so-called conversion treatment, which deals with being gay or transgender as a mental illness, increases the risk of suicide, substance abuse and depression among teenagers. A long list of health associations, consisting of the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association, have actually spoken up versus the practice, which is also called “reparative therapy” or “ex-gay therapy.”
In the statement shared with NBC News, Polis said he’s delighted to release LGBTQ Pride Month in June by banning what he called a “tortuous practice” harming children.
Polis also signed into law on Friday a bill making it a lot easier for transgender Coloradans to upgrade the gender on their birth certificates, recognition files and chauffeur’s licenses.
Daniel Ramos, executive director of One Colorado, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy group, praised the “strong bipartisan support” both costs received, which he said “more shows that LGBTQ equality need to be a nonpartisan problem.”
” Colorado will continue to make history as our country’s very first openly gay Governor, Jared Polis, signs our pro-equality agenda into law to send a strong message that Colorado is a state that is open to all,” Ramos continued.