Lake Worth seeks to ban conversion therapy on minors

conversion-therapyLAKE WORTH – City Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting are scheduled to vote on an ordiance prohibiting conversion therapy on minors who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

The proposed ordinance acknowledges that for nearly 40 years major professional associations of mental health practitioners and researchers have recognized that being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is not a disease, disorder, illness or deficiency that needs to be cured.

The city said that attempting to convert someone to a different sexual orientation or gender is harmful — espeically to young people.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” said City Manager Michael Bornstein.

The proposed ordinance prohibits anyone in the city who is a “provider” from practicing conversion therapy on a minor.

Similar ordinances have been passed in West Palm Beach, Miami Beach, Cincinnati, Seattle. New Jersey and California have also passed a state-wide ban.

The city would like to set a public hearing on the proposed ordinance on Jan. 10.