Bill introduced in Wisconsin legislature to ban conversion therapy

Published: Mar. 26, 2019 at 5:35 PM CDT
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Earlier this month, seven state senators in the Wisconsin legislature introduced a bill that would prohibit conversion therapy statewide.

According to the bill, conversion therapy is any practice that seeks to change an individual's gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

Board members at 7 Rivers LBGTQ Connection in La Crosse say the practice of conversion therapy in children has been linked to higher suicide rates.

"I think the important statement that that would make across the state is that who you are is valuable and it's relevant and nobody has the right to define you any way other than who you are. And that you're accepted and you're special and that's how everybody should feel. Regardless of their gender, regardless of their sexuality," said 7 Rivers Board Member Chandra Cox.

Eau Claire Democratic Senator Jeff Smith was one of the state senators to introduce the bill.

It is also co-sponsored by Democratic Representatives Jill Billings, Steve Doyle and Jodi Emerson, among others.

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