March 8, 2019

"My primary reason for supporting this legislation is the protection of children who may be damaged by reckless, coercive psychological strategies to nullify aspects of their developing identities. As a former mental health practitioner, I am also in support of maintaining sound scientific and ethical standards of practice with which this legislation is consistent," wrote Ellen Lowery.

March 8, 2019

"A ban addressing the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy has passed through its first House committee.

A statewide bill banning conversion therapy, a controversial practice aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation, has passed its first obstacle, but debates about religious liberties and health care are only beginning to heat up.

The proposed legislation written by Rep. Hunter Cantrell, DFL-Savage, passed through the Health and Human Services Policy Committee earlier this month. It requires licensed counselors and therapists to outline that conversion therapy is deemed ineffective by major medical organizations. The ban does not apply to pastoral counseling.

Nearly all major medical organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association and American Psychological Association, have denounced conversion therapy, stating it is not grounded in scientific reasoning and can be detrimental to patients."

February 14, 2019

LGBT+ activists in Minnesota have attempted to convince lawmakers to ban gay ‘cure’ therapy—with the help of mounds of Valentine’s Day cards.

February 14, 2019

LGBTQ advocacy groups rallied at the State Capitol Wednesday prior to a hearing on a bill that would severely restrict "conversion therapy," a practice that seeks to change an individual's sexual orientation.

A total of 15 states already ban the practice. Minnesota is considering becoming the 16th, or at least restricting it considerably.

February 14, 2019

Protect Love: A (pre)Valentines Day Action and Rally

MINNEAPOLIS — February 13, 2019 — After powerful testimony from faith leaders, mental health professionals, and survivors of the discredited and dangerous practice known as conversion “therapy,” the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee passed the Mental Health Protections Act by vote of 10 for and 6 against through the committee today.

February 13, 2019

A Minnesota House committee opened hearings Wednesday on a bill banning the controversial practice of using therapy to make gay people.... straight.

The bill bans the use of conversion therapy on children under 18, or on vulnerable adults.

February 13, 2019

Wil Sampson-Bernstrom still can’t remember it all.

Bernstrom spent four years in therapy designed to “cure” him of his attraction toward men, sometimes through a process he likened to hypnosis.

February 13, 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) - Minnesota Democrats and LGBTQ advocates on Thursday pushed to ban a practice in which therapists try to change the sexual orientation of gay people.

The crowd was so big, a House committee room reached capacity and supporters of the measure spilled out into the hallway. They are seeking to make Minnesota the 16th state to prohibit the controversial practice, though the bill faces an uncertain path in the divided state Legislature.

February 13, 2019

Armed with a wagonload of Valentine’s Day cards and stories of traumatic treatment by survivors, advocates pressed Minnesota lawmakers Wednesday to ban gay “conversion therapy,” the widely discredited practice of trying to make gay people not gay.