Jan 7, 2019
DENVER – With unanimous support, City Council tonight passed the Hancock Administration’s proposal to prohibit conversion therapy for minors in the City and County of Denver. Denver is the first jurisdiction in Colorado to pass such a prohibition.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock celebrated the proposal’s passage and thanked City Council for their partnership in moving the proposal forward:
“This is a very proud moment for my administration, for members of City Council, and for everyone in Denver who values inclusion and acceptance. Tonight’s vote to ban conversion therapy is our city coming together and saying with one voice that we will never allow our LGBTQ+ youth to be the targets of these dubious practices, and that we are here to support them. Who they are is something to be celebrated, not maligned, and Denver will always be there to lift up our youth and ensure that they have the opportunity to grow up safe, happy and healthy. I want to thank the members of City Council for their vote tonight, as well as Council members Kniech and Clark, the LGBTQ commission, and all of our partners who stood beside us to support this proposal and advocate for its passing.”
The ban, recommended by Denver’s LGTBQ Commission and submitted by the Office of Human Rights and Community Partnerships, will protect LGBTQ+ youth from dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. This proposal is aimed at state-licensed therapists, operating their practice in the city, who are falsely claiming that being gay or transgender is a mental illness, and therefore taking advantage of parents and harming vulnerable youth.