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Cincinnati bans ‘conversion therapy’ in memory of Leelah Alcorn

Cincinnati bans ‘conversion therapy’ in memory of Leelah Alcorn

At the end of 2014, the trans teenager killed herself by walking into traffic of an Ohio highway

Cincinnati has banned ‘conversion therapy’ in memory of Leelah Alcorn – the Ohio transgender teenager who died by suicide last year.

Two dozen pastors packed into the council chambers Wednesday (9 Wednesday) in an attempt to stop the ban. But the city council voted 7-2 to pass the law – which prohibits therapy to change sexual orientation or gender identity for minors, and imposes a $200-a-day fine on violators.

Openly gay councilman Chris Seelbach called the law the ‘important piece of legislation I’ve ever proposed.’

‘We just made the death of Leelah Alcorn mean something! And made history by becoming the FIRST city in the United States of America to ban “conversion therapy” for minors,’ he tweeted after the vote.

‘No licensed medical professional can perform any type of “treatment” to change the sexual orientation or gender identity/expression of a minor in the city of Cincinnati. It is now the law of the land in Cincinnati, Ohio. As Equality Ohio Board Chair John Boggess​ said, “This is a matter of public safety.” The safety of young LGBT people throughout our city.’

Alcorn, 17, walked into traffic in December last year after her conservative Christian parents forced her to undergo ‘conversion therapy.’

In her suicide note, which gained international attention, she pleaded that society be fixed, and said: ‘My death needs to mean something.’

The dangerous practice has been discredited by the American Psychiatric Association, and is already banned in the states of California, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois and Washington and the District of Columbia.