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File #: O-413-20    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 8/31/2020 In control: Metro Council
On agenda: 9/17/2020 Final action: 9/17/2020
Title: AN ORDINANCE CREATING A NEW CHAPTER OF THE LOUISVILLE METRO CODE OF ORDINANCES TO PROHIBIT MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS FROM ENGAGING IN SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY CHANGE EFFORTS.
Sponsors: Bill Hollander (D-9), Brandon Coan (D-8), Nicole George (D-21), Jessica Green (D-1), Barbara Shanklin (D-2), Kevin Triplett (D-15), Pat Mulvihill (D-10), David James (D-6), Markus Winkler (D-17), Keisha Dorsey (D-3)
Attachments: 1. O-413-20 V.1 090320 Ordinance Prohibiting Conversion Therapy.pdf, 2. ORD 117 2020.pdf
ORDINANCE NO. _________, SERIES 2020
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AN ORDINANCE CREATING A NEW CHAPTER OF THE LOUISVILLE METRO CODE OF ORDINANCES TO PROHIBIT MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS FROM ENGAGING IN SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY CHANGE EFFORTS.
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SPONSORED BY: COUNCIL MEMBERS HOLLANDER, GREEN, COAN, GEORGE, SHANKLIN, MULVIHILL, TRIPLETT, WINKLER, DORSEY, AND PRESIDENT JAMES

WHEREAS, the intent of this Ordinance is to protect the physical and psychological well-being of minors, including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or questioning youth, from exposure to the serious harms and risks caused by "conversion therapy" or "reparative therapy" by licensed providers, including but not limited to licensed therapists; and
WHEREAS, research demonstrates that sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts can pose critical health risks to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender persons; and
WHEREAS, contemporary science recognizes that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is part of the natural spectrum of human identity and is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming; and the major professional associations of mental health practitioners and researchers in the United States have recognized this fact for nearly 40 years; and
WHEREAS, in 2009, the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation concluded that efforts to change sexual orientation and gender identity are unlikely to produce anticipated outcomes and can pose unintended harmful side effects to participants, such as a sense of having wasted time and resources, confusion, shame, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, loss of faith, decreased self-esteem and authenticity towards others, increased self-hatred and negative perceptions, social withdrawal, a feeling of being dehumanized and untrue to self, depression, increased substance abuse and high-risk sexual behaviors and suicidality; a...

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