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Proposed Denver conversion therapy ban for minors advances

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Posted at 2:08 PM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 16:10:03-05

DENVER (AP) — Denver's City Council will soon consider a ban on psychotherapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation of minors.

Denver's Safety, Housing, Education and Homeless Committee voted Wednesday to send the proposal to the full council.

Psychology's governing bodies have denounced conversion therapy, which treats being gay or transgender as a mental illness. Research shows it can increase the risk of suicide, drug abuse and depression among teens.

Committee members say they would need to create a reporting and enforcement system for a ban. State-licensed practitioners found in violation would face fines.

Mayor Michael Hancock's office told Denver7 it is unaware of anyone practicing conversion therapy in the city or county of Denver.