Prizm News / October 16, 2018 / By Prizm News


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The discredited practice already has been banned in Cincinnati, Toledo, Columbus, Dayton and Athens.

By Prizm News

Lakewood City Council members voted last night to ban the dangerous and discredited practice of “conversion therapy” against children in the Cleveland suburb of 50,000.

Lakewood is the sixth Ohio city to ban the practice that aims to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of an LGBTQ child. Organizations such as the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Physicians have criticized conversion therapy.

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Equality Ohio pushed for the ban and used the last words of Cincinnati-area teen Leelah Alcorn—”Fix society, please”—to remind Lakewood officials why it’s necessary. Alcorn, who was 17 and transgender, committed suicide in 2014 after being subjected to conversion therapy.

Since Cincinnati banned the practice against children within its city limits a year after Alcorn’s death, 45 U.S. cities have followed. In Ohio, Toledo, Columbus, Dayton and Athens also have banned conversion therapy against minors.

Fourteen states also have enacted bans.

Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.