Colorado just proved why it matters that the LGBTQ community get engaged and grab our seat at the political table. This bill just passed and WILL BE signed by an openly gay governor:
Colorado is poised to become the 16th state to ban the use of conversion therapy on minors.
On Monday, the state Senate passed House Bill 1129, which prohibits state-licensed mental health professionals from subjecting anyone under age 18 to the discredited practice, designed to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
The House of Representatives first passed the bill February 19, and it now goes back to that chamber for approval of some language slightly amended by the Senate. Then it goes to Gov. Jared Polis, the first out gay man to be elected governor of any state.
Polis previously pledged that he would ban the practice if elected governor and is now expected to sign.
This was the fifth consecutive year that backers of the ban tried to pass it, but they were always blocked by the Senate’s Republican leadership. Democrats captured a Senate majority in the 2018 election, though, clearing the way for the legislation’s approval.
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