Partly in response to the election of Mike Pence, who has previously suggested diverting resources to what was presumably conversion therapy, Pittsburgh has become the first city in Pennsylvania to propose a ban on the damaging practice. From the local NPR station WESA:
Conversion therapy has been discredited by many medical organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Counseling Association. It’s been banned in five states and the District of Columbia, as well as the cities of Seattle, Miami and Cincinnati.
Vice-President-elect Mike Pence has advocated for the controversial practice in the past, bringing the issue in the news recently. He’s suggested diverting funds used for HIV/AIDS patients to reparative therapy services.
Conversion therapy is based on outdate and bigoted recommendations and guidelines that have long since been rejected by clinicians. It is typically favored by those who have a religious rationale for rejecting any sexuality that isn’t cis hetero and trying to “fix” people who don’t fit into that category, reminiscent of trying to “fix” others of atypical neurobiology.