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Effort To Ban Conversion Therapy Moves Ahead In Carson City

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An effort to ban conversion therapy is moving forward in the Nevada Legislature

Senate Bill 353 would outlaw the use of so-called conversion therapy in minors.

It’s a tactic by which proponents say they can use therapy to change a person’s sexual orientation.

The bill has made it out of committee, and now faces a vote before the state senate. Supporters of the bill say the therapy can cause psychological damage.

During a hearing on the bill earlier in the session, the director of the Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada told lawmakers numerous patients had reported symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder after going through conversion therapy.

The practice has been strongly criticized. Earlier this year, the Obama administration condemned the practice after a widely publicized suicide of a transgender teen, who wrote in her suicide note that religious therapists had tried to convert her back to being a boy. 

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