The Daily Utah Chronicle

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

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

By Natalie Colby

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

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

By Nathan Dalley

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

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

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

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

By Alison Myers

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.

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

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

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

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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