Bill introduced to ban gay conversion therapy in Kentucky

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- Democratic State Rep. Patti Minter of Bowling Green was one of several co-sponsors who introduced legislation this week that would ban Kentucky’s mental health professionals from administering gay conversion therapy.

According to the language in HB199, the law would prohibit those professionals from engaging in conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years old and those older than 18 who are incapable of managing activities of daily living. If a mental health professional violates the law, they would be subject to board discipline. Moreover, the law would prohibit the use of public funds for conversion therapy.

State Rep. Lisa Willner, a Democrat from Louisville, sponsored of the bill. Minter is a co-sponsor.

According to Minter, the therapy is a cruel practice and is a cause of depression and suicide among LGBTQ youth.

According to a study published in 2018 by the UCLA School of Law, more than 700,000 LGBTQ people have experienced conversion therapy.