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Wisconsin Gov blocks use of state, federal money for conversion therapy

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On Tuesday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order directing the state’s Department of Health Services (DHS), the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the Department of Corrections (DOC) to ensure that no state or federal funds are used to pay for conversion therapy for minors.

The order cited research showing that youth who are subjected to conversion therapy are at a dramatically increased risk of suicide, depression, and other serious harms. It also noted that “expert medical and expert medical associations and professional organizations oppose the practice of conversion therapy.”

“We applaud Governor Evers for taking this important step to protect LGBTQ minors from one of the most dangerous practices that any young person can undergo,” said Mathew Shurka, a conversion therapy survivor and Co-Founder of Born Perfect, the national campaign to end conversion therapy. “This order ensures that taxpayer dollars cannot be used to pressure LGBTQ youth who are in foster care or juvenile detention in Wisconsin to change who they are.”

“This is a huge step forward for the health and safety of LBTQ young people in Wisconsin,” said Shannon Minter, the legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, which sponsors Born Perfect. “Wisconsin now joins the more than 20 states that have taken action to protect minors from the harm caused by conversion therapy.”

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