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Why the Minnesota Ban on 'Conversion Therapy' Matters to LGBTQIA+ Mental Health

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Minnesota governor Tim Walz signed an executive order banning a harmful anti-LGBTQIA+ centered treatment called conversion therapy within the state, just a week before the state celebrates Pride.

Speaking at the formal signing ceremony, he said that it’s just one part of an effort to support the LGBTQIA+ community within the state. “There is no place for hate in this state … Our LGBTQ+ community is part, and a huge part, of what it means to be one Minnesota,” Walz said.

The governor said that he considers conversion therapy to be a “byzantine, tortuous practice” and intends to protect minor Minnesotans by ensuring that no insurance companies within the state will cover it.

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