Del­ray moves to ban gay con­ver­sion ther­apy

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - By Ryan Van Velzer Staff writer THER­APY, 4B

DEL­RAY BEACH – The city is poised to join a grow­ing list of Florida cities ban­ning con­ver­sion ther­apy on mi­nors.

The law would pre­vent li­censed pro­fes­sion­als such as ther­a­pists from at­tempt­ing to change a per­son’s sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion or gen­der iden­tity.

The City Com­mis­sion unan­i­mously ap­proved the mea­sure dur­ing a first vote Tues­day night. It will re­quire an­other round of vot­ing for the mea­sure to take ef­fect.

Rachel Nee­dle, a li­censed psy­chol­o­gist who prac­tices in Palm Beach County, said the new rule would help pro­tect youth.

“Re­search has found that ef-

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