Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Cincinnati bans conversion therapy

Don't look now, but Cincinnati has just passed one of the most progressive laws in America.

Today, Cincinnati City Council voted 7 to 2 to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is a form of quackery that claims to "cure" gay teenagers of homosexuality. It was already illegal in California, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, and the District of Columbia.

With today's vote, Cincinnati becomes the only municipality in the nation outside D.C. with its own ordinance on this matter. The only council members to oppose the ban are Republicans Amy Murray (who tried to shut down Occupy Cincinnati because of its views) and Charlie Winburn (known for his support in the '90s for flogging graffiti vandals). Tea Party members also showed up at the council meeting to oppose the ban.

Like conversion therapy, the rest of psychiatry is also quackery. Accordingly, there should also be stronger laws cracking down on the psychiatric racket's other follies. One of the top priorities now should be going after the psychiatric industry's human trafficking and coerced drugging.