Human Rights Council asks county to ban controversial therapy

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, which fights discrimination against gays and lesbians, is asking county commissioners to ban the practice of “conversion therapy,” a controversial practice designed to change a person’s sexual orientation.

“Conversion therapy (also known as ‘reparative therapy’) is counseling based on the erroneous assumption gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender identities are mental disorders that can be cured through aversion treatment,” Rand Hoch, HRC’s president and founder, wrote to commissioners. “These discredited practices have long been rejected by our nation’s leading medical and mental health organizations.”

Earlier this month, the city of Miami Beach banned conversion therapy for minors.

The County Commission meets on Tuesday, but HRC’s request – made about an hour ago – had not yet been added to the agenda.

Rand Hoch
Rand Hoch



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