Judge orders ‘conversion therapy’ to continue in Tampa while city defends ordinance banning it
The ordinance defined conversion therapy as any counseling, practice or treatment aimed at changing someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. That includes efforts to change behaviors or expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions. It does not include counseling for someone undergoing a gender transition or counseling that provides acceptance, support or understanding.
Florida State Sen. José Javier Rodríguez has introduced Senate Bill 84 to prohibit conversion therapy on minors statewide.
Already, 20 local government including Tampa have adopted conversion therapy bans, more than in any other state in the nation, according to the Trevor Project, a non-profit organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ minors.
Conversion therapy has been called ineffective, flawed and risky by professional groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Psychoanalytic Association and American College of Physicians.