Hawaii officially outlawed ‘gay cure therapy’

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The US state has become the latest to outlaw the use of different harmful practices that alloege to change sexuality of minors. Experts agree that such practices are harmful and ineffective, they might cause self-harm and suicide. Performing gay ‘cure’ therapy on minors is already is illegal in 11 US states and counting, as well as Switzerland, Malta, Taiwan, two Canadian provinces, and the Australian state of Victoria. Hawaii became the latest state to outlaw it this week, as Governor David Ige signed a bill which bans efforts to “engage in or attempt to engage in sexual orientation change efforts on a person under 18 years of age.” Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin issued a statement to welcome the decision. He wrote : “We thank the many advocates, allies, parents, and survivors who spoke out against this abusive practice and urged their elected officials to adopt these crucial protections. We also thank Governor Ige and the Hawaii State Legislature for enacting this legislation to protect the state’s LGBTQ youth.”

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