FreeState Justice is proud to support the Youth Mental Health Protection act of Maryland, a bill to ban “conversion therapy” for LGBTQ youth in Maryland. This would allow Maryland to join 11 other states and the District of Columbia that have done so. This bill protects minors from a form of therapy aimed at LGBTQ teens that has been largely proven dangerous and unhelpful, often leading to depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidality. “Conversion therapy” has already been discredited by every mainstream medical and mental health organization, including the American Psychiatric Association, and banning it in Maryland is an important step to protect LGBTQ youth.
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