Success: Rhode Island Bans Youth Conversion Therapy

Target: Gina Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island

Goal: Applaud passage of bill banning youth conversion therapy.

Thanks to petitions like ForceChange’s Ban Harmful Conversion Therapy for Youths, Rhode Island has become the latest state to ban this practice. Governor Gina Raimondo signed a bill into law that bans licensed healthcare providers from advertising or using conversion therapy practices to influence minors’ gender identity or sexual orientation.

Rhode Island is the tenth state to pass this kind of ban. According to the American Psychiatric Association, there is no evidence of conversion therapy being effective.

While the new Rhode Island law doesn’t prohibit religious leaders from practicing conversion therapy or adults from choosing to undergo it, the legislation is still an important step towards eliminating this harmful and bigoted practice nationwide. Add your name to the letter below to applaud the passage of this ban in Rhode Island.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Raimondo,

You recently signed a bill into law that bans youth conversion therapy in Rhode Island. The law prohibits licensed healthcare providers from advertising or practicing conversion therapy to change minors’ sexual orientation or gender identity.

Conversion therapy is not only considered harmful and ineffective by the American Psychiatric Association; it is a practice rooted in bigotry that can do incredible damage to young people struggling with their identity.

I sincerely applaud and thank you for signing this bill into law and making Rhode Island a safer place for LGBTQ youth.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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