June 14, 2019

There are two main reasons this therapy should be banned: It doesn’t work and it’s dangerous. It is legalized torture. Those on the receiving end are often depressed, suicidal, feel ashamed and lose self-esteem. The treatment has been condemned by every major medical and mental health organization in the United States.

June 14, 2019

The two top priorities for LGBTQ rights advocates didn’t make it.

For both a ban on so-called gay “conversion therapy” and a measure to allow two married women to have the same parental rights as a man-woman married couple failed to gain enough support in the Republican-majority Senate to reach the desk of Gov. Tim Walz.

May 28, 2019

Today, Minnesota’s legislature decided to allow the torturous practice of conversion “therapy” to continue in Minnesota. By omitting any restrictions on conversion therapy from the Health and Human Services final report, Minnesota’s lawmakers ignored the voices of thousands of conversion therapy survivors, healthcare professionals, and faith leaders; rejected the will of Minnesotans; and failed to protect LGBTQ youth from the torturous practice of conversion “therapy.”

May 17, 2019

In this day and age, it is absurd to think that a ban on conversion therapy for vulnerable adults and minors is even being debated. But just last week, Minnesota lawmakers argued over a ban on therapy aimed at changing sexual orientation, and the ban did not pass (“Political is personal on gay ‘conversion,’ ” front page, May 11).

May 17, 2019

Advocates say compromise language offered by Republicans doesn't go far enough.

May 17, 2019

As a Christian and the spiritual leader of a large Minneapolis congregation, I believe we are called by Holy Scripture and the example of Jesus to “love our neighbors as ourselves” and to stand with the most vulnerable among us. That includes LGBTQ youth coming of age and discovering who they are in communities and households often hostile to them.

May 17, 2019

Supporters of a conversion therapy ban in Minnesota flooded a Senate office building on Wednesday in a last-minute attempt to lobby Republican senators to support a bill stopping the practice
The proposal would prohibit mental health practitioners and professionals from any practice “that seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity,” including attempts to “reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender.”

May 17, 2019

My name is Jory. I am the son of third-generation North Dakota farmers. I had a beautiful childhood filled with love and compassion. However, when I was 15, in 2009, everything changed when my parents found photos of male models in my room.

May 17, 2019

Minnesota Senate GOP leader Paul Gazelka, father of child with a dual gender identity, seeks to heal political and personal wounds.

May 17, 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) - A vote on banning therapists from trying to convert gay children in Minnesota left lawmakers choked up this week at the state Capitol.