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Utah Bans Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Minors

Utah became the 19th state to officially ban the controversial practice of conversion therapy for minors after the rule went into effect on Tuesday, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

The ban outlaws the discredited practice grounded in the belief that being LGBTQ is unnatural.  Conversion practices sought to convince a person who felt otherwise to identify as heterosexual or, in the case of transgender persons, to identify with their birth genders.

The decision was first announced by Utah Governor Gary Herbert, a Republican, in November, saying it could go into effect as early as January 22.

Eighteen other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have banned conversion therapy for minors, according to HRC.

For more information on the HRC, click here.

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