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Conversion therapy ban planned by Denver before end of year


Denver City Council will debate the proposal on Dec. 19 - KIT LEONG / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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  • Denver City Council will debate the proposal on Dec. 19

Though for years the state legislature has failed to pass legislation that would ban conversion therapy for minors — a widely discredited practice aimed at changing a child's sexual orientation or gender identity — it looks like our capital city will take matters into its own hands.

On Monday, Dec. 17, Denver's mayor Michael Hancock announced that the city of Denver would move to ban conversion therapy before the end of the year. The proposal, supported by City Council, was suggested by Denver's LGBTQ Commission.

Should City Council approve the proposal, Denver would be the first city in the state to ban conversion therapy. However, the ban may soon extend to the rest of Colorado. The state Senate, for years controlled by Republicans who consistently shot down the ban, will become majority Democrat next year, meaning previously embattled and rejected bills such as the statewide conversion therapy ban may have another chance at success.

Today, Wednesday, Dec. 19, Denver City Council will debate the proposal. We'll update this space if and when we hear more.

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