By: Capitol News Service
February 9, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- Conversion therapy is a controversial practice which attempts to make LGBTQ individuals straight.
Lawmakers are proposing legislation that would ban licensed mental health professionals from using the therapy on minors.
Sponsors say conversion therapy has been discredited by most mental health organizations for being ineffective, and can cause mental and sometimes physical harm to those who undergo treatment.
Jose Vega underwent the therapy for five years. He says it caused him to become depressed and even contemplate suicide.
“I mustered everything that I could to continue to fight and to move forward. I worked hard to dispel everything that was instilled in me for almost six years," said Vega. "Today, I share my story to share the dangers of conversion therapy. This practice is life altering. It shattered, it almost shattered my life.”
Conversion therapy has already been banned in 9 states and also in 15 municipalities in Florida.