Activism alert: Waterloo, Iowa city council

The council could repeal a conversion therapy ban the Iowa city passed just three months ago.

WATERLOO – The Clock, Inc. LGBT+ Community Center has put out a call for people to contact the Waterloo City Council ahead of their Monday meeting.

The Rock Island-based center said that the city council is considering a repeal of a local conversion therapy ban.

Clock Inc. serves members of the LGBTQ community of the Quad Cities on both sides of the Mississippi.

Clock Inc. said in a Facebook post that the ordinance banning conversion therapy just three months ago.

Conversion therapy refers to a range of dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The study by The Trevor Project last year estimated that 508,892 LGBTQ youth in the U.S. were at risk of being subjected to conversion therapy last year, and that the direct cost of conversion therapy annually is an estimated $650 million. It has been widely debunked by every major mental health organization.

Illinois banned conversion therapy in 2015. According to the Movement Advancement Project, Iowa has no laws banning it.

The center is asking people to email the members of the Waterloo City Council and ask them to support LGBTQ youth and keep Waterloo’s ban on conversion therapy in place.

Rob Nichols, At-Large:

Dave Boesen, At-Large:

John Chiles, Ward 1:

Jonathan Grieder, Ward 2:

Nia Wilder, Ward 3:

Dr. Belinda Creighton-Smith, Ward 4:

Ray Feuss, Ward 5:

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