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Independence bans the use of conversion therapy on minors

City of Independence
Posted at 6:56 PM, Nov 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-15 19:57:10-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The use of conversion therapy on minors is no longer allowed in Independence after council members voted to ban it on Monday night.

The Independence City Council voted 7-0 to pass an ordinance which states that "it shall be unlawful for any provider to employ conversion therapy on a minor."

Conversion therapy aims to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient.

This includes mental health therapy which seems to change, eliminate or reduce behaviors, expressions, attractions or feelings related to a patient's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Providers who violate the ordinance will be fined $500.

In July, the City Council rejected a similar ordinance.