Conversion therapy, sometimes called “reparative therapy,” is a form of intervention in which a practitioner attempts to change a patient’s gender identity or sexual orientation. According to the American Medical Association, the practice can result in “significant psychological distress,” depression, anxiety, self-blame, lowered self-esteem, sexual dysfunction and more, and LGBTQ+ are particularly vulnerable.
“As a society, we must object to any alleged ‘treatment’ or ‘therapy’ that attempts to tell our children that they need to change in order to be deserving of love or acceptance,” Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said Thursday. “Our kids deserve to grow up in a state that values them for who they are, not one that tries to change them.”
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan on Thursday, July 15, 2021 speaks to reporters before Gov. Tim Walz signs an executive order restricting conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ minors in the state. Sarah Mearhoff / Forum News Service
After Walz signed the order, the Minnesota Medical Association released a statement applauding the decision, saying, “So-called ‘conversion therapy’ is not therapy at all.”