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Hawaii Takes Huge Step Against LGBT+ Conversion Therapy

By Shannon Walsh

On July 1, Hawaii will become the 12th state to implement a law that prohibits therapists from offering 'conversion therapy' to minors. 

The National Center for Lesbian Rights describes the outdated therapy as an extreme measure used by mental health professionals to stop people from being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Leading health professionals and associations in the US have deemed it "unnecessary, ineffective, and dangerous", adding that it almost always leads to more harm than good. 

The new law, which will take effect July 1, prevents people from using conversion therapy to change a minor's sexual orientation or gender identity.