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File #: R-2020-0363    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 7/14/2020 In control: License and Health Committee
On agenda: 8/4/2020 Final action: 8/4/2020
Title: Resolution in opposition to conversion therapy
Sponsors: Thomas G. Lajsic, Tracy Stefanski, Suzzette Grisham, Angelito Tenorio
Attachments: 1. R-2020-0363, 2. M. May Conversion Therapy - Please Support Both Resolution & Ordinance, 3. Kristen Keyser Gay Conversion Therapy Ban, 4. Signed R-2020-0363 Opposition to conversion therapy
Related files: O-2020-0028
Title
Resolution in opposition to conversion therapy
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WHEREAS, it is the well documented, prevailing opinion of the medical and psychological community that conversion therapy has not been shown to be effective and that it creates a potential risk of serious harm to those who experience it; and

WHEREAS, the prevailing opinion of the medical and psychological community is documented in position statements, articles and reports published by the following organizations: the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American School Counselor Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Pan American Health organization; and

WHEREAS, in particular, the Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation of the American Psychological Association conducted a systematic review of peer reviewed journal literature on sexual orientation change efforts, and issued a report in 2009. The report concluded that conversion therapy has not been demonstrated to be effective and that there have been anecdotal reports of harm, including depression, suicidal thoughts or actions, and substance abuse; and

WHEREAS, it is important to protect the safety, health, and welfare of the citizens of the City of West Allis, in particular the psychological and physical wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming youth, and to protect them from the serious harm caused by exposure to conversion therapy;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of West Allis, that any practice that seeks to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity is found to be harmful, meritless, and unethical;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of West All...

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