Conversion Therapy Banned in Seattle: Yes, it Still Exists!

A giant rainbow flag flies for the first time atop the landmark Space Needle Saturday, June 26, 2010, in celebration of gay and lesbian pride events in Seattle. The annual Seattle Pride Parade will be Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. in downtown Seattle. The month-long series of events, like those in other cities throughout the country, are in part to commemorate the June 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, considered the beginning of the gay rights movement in the U.S. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The city council of Seattle has voted with majority to put an end to advertising or practicing gay conversion therapy.

This therapy is considered to have severe psychological effects. It is banned in cities like Washington D.C., Cincinnati, Miami Beach, along with state bans in California, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont.

It is surprising to know that conversion therapy is still legal in almost 80% of the US.


There is $1000 fine for conducting conversion therapy to a minor, advertising or promoting it.

However, this ban does not include to religious leaders or practitioners ‘treating’ homosexuality.

Ann Lazaroff, a mental health conselor said, “This idea that a child needs to be changed from who they innately are is ludicrous and it contributes to the stigma that’s attached to being LGBT.”