LGBT groups ask city of Beloit to ban conversion therapy practice

LGBT Organization Yellow Brick Road is asking the city of Beloit to consider banning the controversial practice of conversion therapy.

Not recognized by scientific or medical leaders, the process of trying to change someone’s sexual orientation through intervention is banned in 18 states, as well as several cities in Wisconsin.

“A unanimous decision by the Beloit City Council to ban conversion therapy sends a strong message of support to the LGBT people, during a time where we really don’t feel accepted,” said Rob Schuh, co-owner of Attentive Counseling Services.

The group, which provides counseling specifically for those who identify as LGBT, says it often hears anecdotes of conversion or talk therapy happening in Wisconsin.

“We get reports from clients who’ve gone to other clinics around here, where their therapists get so uncomfortable when they find out their orientation, that they get up and walk out,” Schuh said.

In a memo, city manager Lori Curtis Luther said while the city values diversity and inclusion, it might not have the authority to make such a change. Later in the memo, Luther references a statewide ban as a possible change.

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