Pittsburgh could become the first municipality in PA to ban conversion therapy for minors who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
Conversion Therapy (also called Reparative Therapy) attempts to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a person undergoing treatment.
It’s been banned in California, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, and the District of Columbia, as well as the cities of Seattle, Miami, and Cincinnati. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, minors who were forced to undergo conversion therapy were more than eight times more likely to have attempted suicide and six times more likely to report high levels of depression.
Section C.7.c of the ACA Code of Ethics
protects clients from choosing practices and interventions that are harmful.
Read more about Pittsburgh's proposed ban here
Read ACA's letter to the Pittsburgh City Council here.
Read more about the dangers of Conversion Therapy here