Cincinnati becomes first city to ban LGBT conversion therapy

Published: Dec. 9, 2015 at 8:25 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2015 at 8:43 PM EST
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati became the first city to ban LGBT conversion therapy for minors Wednesday.

Under the ordinance, no licensed medical professional can perform any type of "treatment" to change the sexual orientation or gender identity/expression of a minor in the city of Cincinnati, according to councilman Chris Seelbach.

The ban imposes a $200 a day fine on any therapist trying to perform the practice.

Use of conversion therapy on minors is banned in California, New Jersey, Illinois, Oregon and the District of Columbia.

President Barack Obama called to end these type of therapies in April after Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old Kings High School student, committed suicide in December of last year. Alcorn wrote in her suicide note that her parents forced her to attend conversion therapy.

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