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Mapping “conversion therapy” laws in the U.S.

This week Massachusetts became the 16th U.S. state to pass a ban on so-called “conversion therapy,” which aims to “cure” lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.

Despite polling showing overwhelming bipartisan support for such a law in North Carolina, the recently filed  Mental Health Protection Act faces strong opposition from religious conservative and the GOP majority in the N.C. General Assembly.

The Movement Advancement Project  uses publicly available Census data, comprehensive studies, the latest surveys and original reporting to map policies impacting LGBTQ people all over the country.

 

Image: Movement Advancement Project

The project’s issue map featuring conversion laws now shows an estimated 58 percent of the LGBTQ population in the U.S. now live in states with no ban on conversion therapy for those under 18. Forty-two percent now live in states with no such bans.

That includes LGBTQ North Carolinians, who make up an estimated 4 percent of the total LGBTQ population in the U.S. — about 323,000 LGBTQ adults.

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