Gainesville Faith Leaders Applaud Conversion Therapy

Ban for Minors


March 16, 2018


Michelle Nealy,, (202) 735-7123

Joey McKinnon,, (843) 364-4403


Gainesville Faith Leaders Applaud Conversion Therapy Ban for Minors


GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- On Thursday, March 15th, the Gainesville City Commission unanimously approved an ordinance to ban conversion therapy for minors within the city. The ordinance prohibits licensed professionals from engaging in counseling efforts, practices, or treatments with the goal to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Numerous citizens, including faith leaders, joined several people impacted by conversion therapy to speak in support of the ban during public comment.


Pastor Catherine Dearlove, Trinity Metropolitan Community Church, Gainesville:


"As a Christian minister in the Metropolitan Community Church, a denomination that has grown in part due to the long-term effects of conversion therapy, I have seen firsthand the damage it causes. Not only have I heard the harrowing stories of those who have lived through it, I have [also heard] the stories of those who have taken their own lives. Jesus spoke often against judging and harming others--conversion therapy both makes a judgement and harms.”




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