Utah is known for having laws more conservative than most of the United States, but the state has just become the latest to ban the controversial conversion therapy practice for LGBTQ minors. The practice, which has been widely discredited by experts, is aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
The ban, however, does not prevent clergy, religious counselors, parents, or grandparents from employing similar conversion techniques, as long as they aren’t acting as psychologists.
NPR reported that suicide rates among LGBTQ youth triple when parents, psychologists, and religious leaders attempt to change their sexual orientation.
Utah is the 19th state to ban conversion therapy for minors, though it’s the only state where Republicans control the governorship and both state legislature houses to do so.