Conversion therapy laws prohibit licensed mental health practitioners from subjecting LGBT minors to harmful "conversion therapy" practices that attempt to change their sexual orientation or gender identity.
These laws prohibit licensed mental health practitioners from subjecting minors to harmful "conversion therapy" practices that attempt to change their sexual
orientation or gender identity. For additional information, please contact the National Center for Lesbian Rights or The Trevor Project.
For an in-depth analysis of these laws, please read our LGBT Policy Spotlight Report: Conversion Therapy Bans.
In February 2016, New York Governor Cuomo announced regulations that restrict conversion therapy by banning public and private health care insurers from covering the practice in the State. It also prohibits various mental health facilities across the state from conducting the practice on minors, however the practice is not fully banned in the state.
Cities and counties in several states have passed local conversion therapy bans. Those states are indicated by an asterisk (*) after the state abbreviation on the map and the cities are listed here:
27 % of LGBT population lives in states that have laws banning conversion therapy for minors
73 % of LGBT population lives in states with no laws banning conversion therapy for minors
|State||Conversion Therapy Law||Year Passed|
|California||State has this law||2012|
|Connecticut||State has this law||2017|
|District of Columbia||State has this law||2014|
|Illinois||State has this law||0|
|Nevada||State has this law||2017|
|New Jersey||State has this law||2013|
|New Mexico||State has this law||2017|
|Oregon||State has this law||2015|
|Rhode Island||State has this law||2017|
|Vermont||State has this law||0|