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LA City Council supports ban on therapies to "convert" gay minors

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The Los Angeles City Council celebrated LGBT Heritage Month by endorsing a state bill to ban therapies that "convert" homosexual minors to heterosexuals.

A state bill that would ban therapies that seek to "convert" minors from homosexual to heterosexual was unanimously endorsed today by the Los Angeles City Council.. 

The vote came as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other city leaders celebrated the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. 

State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-El Segundo, introduced SB 1172 to prevent psychotherapists from performing “sexual orientation change efforts” on anyone under the age of 18.

“This doesn’t work. It’s not just that parents are wasting their money on therapists who are engaging in what is really junk science, it’s also dangerous,” Lieu told the city council. “The American Psychiatric Association has said this poses great dangers, can lead to self-hatred, depression, in some cases suicide.”

The ceremony, led by Councilman Bill Rosendahl, recognized three active members of the LGBT community: George Takei, Jewel Thais-Williams and Karina Samala. 

“When you accept your nature, realize that your energy, your nature comes from God and God makes no mistake,” said Rosendahl, who is the first openly gay man to be elected to the city council.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, a candidate for district attorney, made a rare appearance in Council Chamber to voice his support for same-sex marriage.

“This is a nation where we need to recognize the rights of every individual to fall in love with the person of their choice. Period,” he said.

In honor of LGBT Heritage Month, City Hall will be lit with lavender lights starting on June 6 . The LAX pylons will also be lavender through June 8. 

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