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Bill would ban discredited conversion therapy in Charleston

Charleston, capital of West Virginia, is marked by the circle with the star on this map.
Charleston, capital of West Virginia, is marked by the circle with the star on this map.(WHSV)
Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 9:17 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Officials in West Virginia’s capital city have introduced a proposal to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Councilwoman Caitlin Cook, a council liaison to the city’s LGBTQ Working Group, introduced the bill on Monday.

Conversion therapy is a practice used to try to change sexual orientation or gender identity. Many people who have been through it say it deepened feelings of depression and increased thoughts of suicide.

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