Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Youth Banned in Riviera Beach & Delray Beach

| May 10, 2017

Early May 2017, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council earned two more notches in its belt: Riviera Beach and Delray Beach both joined the ranks of southeast  Florida cities that have banned conversion therapy for minors. Both city councils voted unanimously to join West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, and Boynton Beach in prohibiting the practice.

Riviera Beach City Councilwomen Dawn Pardo and Tonya Davis Johnson brought the request forward to the board in March. “As an elected official, it is a key part of my job to take steps to protect all of the children in the City of Riviera Beach from abuse,” said Councilman Davis Johnson.

“LGBTQ people are not mentally ill. They are not flawed and they do not need to be ‘cured’ by anyone,” Delray Beach City Commissioner Mitch Katz said in a statement from PBCHRC. “The Delray Beach City Commission is letting the public know that we oppose conversion therapy being performed on minors. It is not going to happen in our city.”

The ban only applies to doctors, osteopaths, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage or family therapists and licensed counselors. Members of the clergy are not affected, unless they are also licensed by the state in mental health.

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