Indiana Stonewall Democrats celebrated the Indianapolis City-County Council and its LGBTQ councillors for passing a proclamation on Feb. 1 that formally condemns "conversion therapy" and the long-term health complications it puts on LGBTQ youth.
"Ending 'conversion therapy' across Indiana has more to do with protecting the health and futures of our kids than scoring political points, and I'm elated to join the Council's LGBTQ Caucus by once again showing youth that they have adults who are fighting for them in every way possible," said Indianapolis City-County Councillor Keith Potts in a statement. "[The] resolution makes clear that this history-making Council will always advocate for the most vulnerable among us, and we'll always make sure our kidsno matter who they arehave a fighting chance at success in this city."
It's estimated that more than 700,000 LGBTQ Americans have received some form of "conversion therapy" practice, with many receiving care from a licensed healthcare professional before reaching the age of 18. Furthermore, LGBTQ Americans who experienced "therapy" practices are about eight times more likely to report having attempted suicide or nearly six times more likely report high levels of depression.
The Indianapolis City-County Council's move endorses a similar effort at the statehouse that would ban the practice administered to people in the LGBTQ community, IndyStar reported.
Sen. J.D. Ford, D-Indianapolis, is bringing a bill to ban the practice after a failed attempt by state Democrats last year. Ford, Indiana's first openly gay lawmaker, said the issue revolves around saving the many lives of LGBTQ youth.
At least 20 states have banned "conversion therapy," according to the American Psychological Associationone of several professional groups that have opposed the practice.