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Hearing on LGBTQ conversion therapy ban set for this month

September 5, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Proposed rules that would prohibit Utah psychologists from practicing so-called conversion therapy on LGBTQ kids are scheduled to be discussed at a public hearing later this month.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports a hearing is planned for Sept. 26 to discuss rules that would label “conversion therapy” practices as unprofessional conduct.

Under the new rules psychologists who attempt to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity could face discipline up to losing their license.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert in June called on state regulators to craft rules following the failure earlier this year of a proposed law that would have banned the practice on people under 18.

The proposed changes have support from several religious groups and health care organizations, but conservative activists say “talk therapy” should still be allowed.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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