BREAKING: City of Cincinnati Passes Ban On LGBT Reparative Therapy – 7 to 2 Vote

Cincinnati Passes Reparative Therapy Ban

 

Not content with waiting for the Ohio legislature to pass a statewide ban on LGBT “Reparative Therapy”. Today the city of Cincinnati, OH in a 7-2 vote, banned the dangerous practice that many experts have called  torture to be performed within its city limits.

Openly gay City Counselor Chris Seelbach posted on his Facebook page.

Almost a year ago, Leelah Alcorn asked us to make her death mean something. I think she might think we helped do just that today.

Cincinnati City Council, in a 7-2 vote, just BANNED LGBT “Conversion Therapy” in the City of Cincinnati.

No longer will LGBT people, under 18, have to suffer the incredible damage that comes with medical professionals trying to change their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

The conversation before the vote was perhaps the most meaningful and touching I’ve ever been apart of during my time on Council.

Support and comments from Vice-Mayor David Mann, Council members Kevin Flynn, Christopher Smitherman, Wendell Young, Yvette Simpson & PG Sittenfeld were incredibly moving.

The votes against the ban, by Councilmembers Amy Murray & Charlie Winburn, were votes against keeping LGBT young people safe. And (to) feel shameful.

But, lets celebrate our victory and the victory for so many young people in Cincinnati.

‪#‎LeelahAlcorn‬ ‪#‎FixSociety

The passage makes Cincinnati the first major U.S. city to ban reparative or conversion therapy. The Movement Advancement Project, an LGBT organization in Denver that tracks legislation nationwide on reparative therapy, has no record of a city passing an ordinance that would ban the practice.

City Councilor Charles Winburn who voted against the ban is the former employee and current member of the anti-gay, anti-woman’s choice, “religious” group the Citizens for Community Values which is officially affiliated with the Family Research Council and the American Family Association both nationally recognized hate groups.

H/T Chuck Beatty – Unite Cincinnati

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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