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Activists urge Tallahassee city commissioners to pass ban conversion therapy

Posted at 5:28 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 17:28:47-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — On Monday, community activists held a virtual press conference urging Tallahassee city commissioners to pass a conversion therapy ban ordinance at their meeting on Wednesday.

Conversion therapy claims to change individual's sexual orientation or gender identity through psychotherapy or other interventions. Opponents say it has long-term detrimental consequences.

This type of therapy has been condemned by the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association and the World Health Organization, among others.

Monday's speakers said they feel the recent coronavirus pandemic makes the passing of a conversion therapy ban in Tallahassee, even more important.

"Because I see the pain and suffering, and possible isolation, that queer and trans children have to face and suffer," said Delilah Pierre, member of Students for a Democratic Society. "So many trans and queer children are in an even worse place in their lives, where they're stuck inside, they're stuck potentially with parents or people who are not trans-inclusive or trans-accepting."

Lakey Love, who organized Monday's video press conference, said the groups have worked closely with city leaders on the wording of the ordinance, and if passed on Wednesday, Tallahassee's conversion therapy ban will be the most inclusive in the nation, and the most robust in the state of Florida.