Mayor makes it official: Conversion therapy banned in Louisville
Councilman Bill Hollander, who introduced this ordinance to the Metro Council. Councilman. Thank you, Mary Fisher. I want to thank the original co sponsors of the ordinates council members George and Cohen, who are with us today, and Jessica Green, who was working from home and attending to her brand new baby, Lennox David Robinson. We started out with four sponsors, and we ended up with nine. I also thank council member Shanklin Mulvihill, triplet Winkler and President James. Most importantly, I want to thank all 24 colleagues who voted for this ordinance in a broad bipartisan way. Band conversion therapy, Kentucky, the Trevor Project and, of course, Chris Hartman. And the fairness campaign helped along the way, along with various members of the administration, especially Louisville Metro’s chief equity officer, Officer Kendall Boyd, who is with us here today. Thank you for being here, Kendall. And thanks to Natalie Johnson from the county attorney’s office, who helped with the ordinance drafting Today we join 20 states more than 70 cities and counties and five nations in taking action to ban thoroughly discredited practices that hurt Children who are subjected to them. The harms include depression, post traumatic stress, disorder and suicidal thoughts and attempts. That’s why every mainstream medical and mental health organization in the country supports a nationwide man. It’s why we heard from so many Louisville. Ian’s in support of this ordinance, often with firsthand accounts. There is still work to do. Ah, bipartisan group is working to pass similar statewide legislation. I wish representative Lisa Wilner from here in Louisville and Senator Alice Forgy Kerr from Lexington. Success in that effort next year. And we will also be pushing for a statewide ban. I’m confident that we will look back and be amazed that we were actually still talking about conversion therapy in 2020. And I’m glad to say that Louisville helped ended by the signing of this ordinance today. Thank you, Mary. Yeah. Thank you, Councilman. Now, I’d like to introduce one of our outstanding partners in the work to promote greater fairness and includes in our city in our state. And that is Chris Hartman, the executive director of the fairness campaign. Chris. Uh huh. Thank you, Mayor Fisher. Helmsman Hollander today is certainly historic, and I do want to thank Mayor Fisher for once again enacting an historic piece of l G B T Q advancement Here in our city, uh, we have had many first in the state were not the first band conversion therapy. Covington beat us to the punch by a few minutes there, but this is no less historic on were one of the few cities across America that has taken up the mantle to do this when the state Legislature has not yet. So I do also want Thio. Thank State representative Lisa Wilner, state Senator Alice Forgy Kerr, who are both advancing this issue in the Kentucky General Assembly. But, of course, to Councilman Bill Hollander, who carried this issue and got a nearly unanimous passage, you have told me 10 years ago when I started at the fairness campaign that we’d be seeing nearly unanimous passage of L G B T Q rights laws. I would not have believed it, but here we are. I do also need to say, though, that I believe there is no bigger L g B T Q rights issue in America right now. Then the cry for justice or Briana Taylor and an end to police violence against black and brown Americans and justice for Attica. Scott, her daughter, Ashanti and Shamika perish Right and others who were arrested on heinous rioting charges last week. Felony RIOTING CHARGES If you have done as much or our community for L. G B T Q rights locally and in Kentucky, then state representative Scott and the thought that she, her daughter and Shamika would be involved in a riot that sought to burn our library is ludicrous. And so I’d like to take this moment not just a call for justice for Rihanna Taylor, but to call on another longtime fairness campaign ally, Jefferson County Attorney Michael Connell, to immediately drop these felony charges against Attica, Ashanti and Shamika and that I think will further advanced justice for all of us and for LGBTI rights. Black transgender Americans suffer more violence not just at the hands of law enforcement but everyone else in America. And so anything we can do to advance the cry for black lives, matter and justice for Briana Taylor is a clear advancement of LGBTI civil rights. So I want to thank everyone here today for saving the lives of many LGBT Q Children and make that call. Thank you. And now let’s hear from Jacob Conway. He will be speaking on behalf of Band Convert Band Conversion Therapy, Kentucky, which is an organization working to change laws and project protect our l G B T Q. Young people. Jacob. I leave it on. Thank you, Mayor. And thank you, Councilman Hollander and Chris and I echo everything that Chris just said more eloquently than I could. I’ve known representatives got for a long time. And, uh, charges ought to be dropped against her and everyone else. Thank you, Councilwoman George for your leadership and Councilman Cohen on this. Everyone here, the mayor and the councilman and Chris have said that the scientific evidence is clear. And that’s why every medical, uh, major medical and mental health organization in Kentucky and across the United States has agrees that conversion therapy is harmful, ineffective, outdated, discredited junk science, whatever you wanna call it. And I m like Chris, um was surprised and impressed that the band passed with an overwhelming majority, and I think that speaks to all of your old leadership here. When I first started actually in this very room, um, in 2000 and one in public service as an intern for Dolores Del Handy’s office. I never would have thought that, um, LGBT rights issues, LGBT rights issues would have passed position overwhelming. Well, Ming majority and, um and I think that speaks to how far we’ve come. But we still have far to go, like Chris sent. And I hope a zoo Louisville is the gateway to the south and the gateway to our state, our commonwealth that this will give us the moment. Um, we need to move forward. Um, in passing a statewide or statewide law that will ban this harmful, discredited torturers practices. Senator Kerr likes to call. It s so I’d just like to say thank you to the mayor and the council people and job Well done. Thank you, everybody. And again, thank you to the council for their leadership on this. So I’m proud now to sign this ordinance into law. And I’m deeply grateful to my metro Council colleagues for passing this measure. I know they’re bipartisan conversations in Frankfurt about a similar ban, and I strongly encourage the leadership in Frankfurt to take this step and do statewide what we’re about ready to do right now in our city and ban the practice of conversion therapy on minors forever will sign the bill. Now. Order 17 Really? Or out eight. Like there. Yes, Law. Yeah, Yeah. All right. Thank you. Everybody for coming today. Thanks again for the great leadership here.
Mayor makes it official: Conversion therapy banned in Louisville
Conversion therapy is now illegal in Louisville.Mayor Greg Fischer signed into law on Thursday an ordinance that bans conversion therapy. The signing comes after the Metro Council gave the greenlight to the ordinance with a 24-1 vote.The law makes it illegal for any licensed provider to use efforts to try to change sexual orientation or gender identity of a minor. It also prevents public funds from going to certain organizations or people who provide conversion therapy to minors.Louisville is the second city in Kentucky to sign into law a ban on conversion therapy. Covington passed a similar ordinance earlier this year.Advocate for Louisville’s ordinance hope the signing will encourage state leaders to pass a similar measure for the entire state.The ordinance takes its basis from a 2009 report by the American Psychological Association, which concluded that efforts to change sexual orientation and gender identity are “unlikely” to produce the outcomes sought.Supporters of the ordinance said during Thursday’s signing that conversion therapy has been known to cause depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal actions among children who have undergone the practice.The American Medical Association also supports a federal ban on conversion therapy.
Conversion therapy is now illegal in Louisville.
Mayor Greg Fischer signed into law on Thursday an ordinance that bans conversion therapy. The signing comes after the Metro Council gave the greenlight to the ordinance with a 24-1 vote.
The law makes it illegal for any licensed provider to use efforts to try to change sexual orientation or gender identity of a minor. It also prevents public funds from going to certain organizations or people who provide conversion therapy to minors.
Louisville is the second city in Kentucky to sign into law a ban on conversion therapy. Covington passed a similar ordinance earlier this year.
Advocate for Louisville’s ordinance hope the signing will encourage state leaders to pass a similar measure for the entire state.
The ordinance takes its basis from a 2009 report by the American Psychological Association, which concluded that efforts to change sexual orientation and gender identity are “unlikely” to produce the outcomes sought.
Supporters of the ordinance said during Thursday’s signing that conversion therapy has been known to cause depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal actions among children who have undergone the practice.
The American Medical Association also supports a federal ban on conversion therapy.