This Week’s Developments in LGBTQ NondiscriminationOctober 19, 2018 • 11:58 am
Another city outlaws controversial “conversion therapy;” a lawsuit in Kansas aims to end the state’s unjust rules for amending gender on birth certificates
WASHINGTON – This week, Lakewood, Ohio, a city bordering Cleveland, voted to ban “conversion therapy.” The controversial practice aims to change one’s sexual orientation through dangerous and painful tactics. In Kansas, momentum is building to change a state law prohibiting the amendment of gender on one’s birth certificate. And Spirit Day, celebrated eight years this week of attempting to eradicate LGBTQ bullying. Freedom for All Americans’ Weekly LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Update has all the latest developments that should be on your radar:
The City Council of Lakewood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland voted unanimously this week to ban so called “conversion therapy” for LGBTQ youth. The dangerous practice attempts to use controversial techniques, such as shock therapy, in an attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation. Lakewood is now the sixth city in the state of Ohio that has banned conversion therapy. It is still permitted though throughout the rest of the state. Conversion therapy is illegal in 14 other states and the District of Columbia, and is rejected by leading medical organizations including the AMA and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The state of Kansas is being sued by four of its transgender residents, who argue the state’s birth certificate restrictions are unlawful. Lambda Legal filed the lawsuit this week challenging the state’s policy prohibiting transgender individuals from amending the gender on their birth certificate. The suit argues, the state policy violates the constitution’s promise to equal dignity. Kansas is only one of three states that does not allow a person to amend the gender marker on their birth certificate.
The eighth annual Spirit Day was celebrated Thursday. The LGBTQ awareness day was started in 2010 by a Canadian teenager outraged by a series of bullying related suicides of LGBTQ students. Many people wear purple as a sign of support for LGBTQ youth and against bullying.