St. Cloud Public Library, 1300 W St Germain St, Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56301
In Minnesota it is still legal to tell LGBTQ people that they can be "cured" - but we know we don't need a cure!
Join us for a community discussion about the Mental Health Protections Act and the health care that we need to thrive as Minnesotans. This is event is great for allies and members of the LGBTQ community.
“Conversion therapy,” often referred to as “reparative therapy,” “ex-gay therapy,” or “sexual orientation change efforts,” includes a range of dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation, or efforts to change a person’s gender identity or expression. These harmful practices are based on the false claim that being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer (LGBTQ) is a mental illness that should be cured.
Unfortunately, LGBTQ people may be coerced and subjected to these harmful practices, which put Minnesotans at risk for serious harms such as depression, substance abuse, and suicide. That’s why we are introducing the Mental Health Protections Act. It will protect LGBTQ people from dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing one’s sexual orientation, including efforts to change gender identity or expression. This bill will prevent mental health care providers in Minnesota from practicing conversion therapy.