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Activists and Experts Discuss End of Conversion Therapy

Lieutenant Gov. Spencer Cox sits with LGBTQ youth protesting conversion therapy outside of the governor's offices at the Utah Capitol | Chronicle archives.

By Brock Bernstein, News Writer

November 24, 2019

  Mathew Shurka — the cofounder and chief strategist of the National Center for Lesbian Rights Born Perfect campaign — defined conversion therapy as “Any attempt where someone attempts to change another person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.” Along with o...

LDS Church Pushes Back Against Proposed Bills that Would Ban Unethical Therapy Techniques

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saint's temple in Salt Lake City. Chronicle archives.

By Natalie Colby, News Editor

October 23, 2019

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released an official statement encouraging amendments to both the  Psychologist Licensing Act Rule and to the Mental Health Professional Practice Act Rule, on Oct. 15, the last day allowed for public comment on the acts. The Psychologist Licensing Act Rule and Mental Health Professional Practice Act Rule w...

Dalley: Gay Former Conversion Therapists Can Keep Their Apologies to Themselves

Lieutenant Gov. Spencer Cox sits with LGBTQ youth protesting conversion therapy outside of the governor's offices at the Utah Capitol | Chronicle archives.

By Nathan Dalley, Opinion Writer

October 3, 2019

Conversion therapy is attempting change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Also known as “reparative” therapy, conversion therapy employs a variety of techniques to “correct” LGBTQ+ people, such as ice cold showers, social isolation, physical pain and even electroshock treatment. This practice has been...

He Survived Conversion Therapy. Now, He Wants To Make Sure No One Else Has To

By Christina Giardinelli

April 5, 2019

  University of Utah student Nathan Dalley grew up a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Orem, Utah. He knew that he was not like most of his peers from a young age, however. “I knew I was different pretty early on, probably when I was about five years old,” he sai...

Petersen: The Conversion Therapy Debate Exposed Utah’s Troubled Relationship with LGBTQ People

Petersen: The Conversion Therapy Debate Exposed Utah's Troubled Relationship with LGBTQ People

By Josh Petersen, Digital Managing Editor

April 4, 2019

  When HB399, a bill banning conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors, was proposed in the 2019 Utah State Legislative Session, there was reason to be hopeful. In its original form, the bill won support from several key groups involved in the fight for equality, including the Human Rights Campaign,...

‘The Sunday Sessions’ is a Troubling and Intimate Look at Conversion Therapy

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By Alison Myers, Arts Writer

March 17, 2019

  How we respect individuals’ wishes, even when those wishes result in what seems to be self-abuse, is a tricky and often painful space to navigate. The conservative side of the conversion therapy debate often makes excuses. Defenders of conversion therapy equivocate on some of their prior...

LGBTQ Youth Sat in Front of Governor’s Office Demanding an Apology. They Got One.

Lieutenant Gov. Spencer Cox sits with LGBTQ youth protesting conversion therapy outside of the governor's offices at the Utah Capitol | Chronicle archives.

By Christina Giardinelli

March 8, 2019

  A group of LGBTQ youth advocates staged a sit-in at the Utah state capitol on Thursday and were later joined by Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox. The group of about 30 teens who identified as LGBTQ had spent the afternoon outside of Gov. Gary Herbert’s office demanding that he apologize for the death...

Bill Seeks to Ban ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Minors in Utah

The Utah Capitol | Chronicle archives.

By Amy Loret

February 1, 2019

  “Conversion therapy” is any of several dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Equality Utah, a group that advocates for equal rights and protections for LGBTQ Utahns, is pushing for legislation that would curb c...

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