HB19-1129 (Michaelson Jenet & Esgar/Fenberg) Prohibit Conversion Therapy for a Minor

Originally Posted: February 8, 2019
Last Updated: June 5, 2019

Summary

This bill would prohibit licensed medical and mental health providers from engaging in conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth in Colorado

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has stated that conversion therapies not only lack scientific credibility, there is evidence that these practices are harmful to youth and adolescents, and that the practice should not be part of any behavioral health treatment for youth and adolescents. In Colorado, 61 percent of high school students who identify as LGBTQ report experiencing sadness or hopelessness that impacted their usual activities, compared to 25 percent of high school students who identify as heterosexual. LGBTQ youth in Colorado also report a higher incidence of e-cigarette use and alcohol consumption than youth who identify as heterosexual. It is critically important to support the mental health and healthy development of all Colorado kids through evidence-based practices, including supporting youth and adolescents as they explore their identity and sexuality.

Current Status

Signed by the governor on May 31 

Previous Statuses


February 8, 2019

Assigned to the House Public Care & Human Services Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Wed., Feb. 13 upon adjournment in Room 0107.

March 15, 2019

Assigned to the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Mon., Mar. 18 at 1:30pm in Room 357.

March 22, 2019

Passed the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee on a vote of 3-2 and passed as amended on 2nd reading in the Senate and now awaits a final vote on the Senate floor.

March 29, 2019

Passed the Senate as amended on a bipartisan vote of 21-13 and now heads back to the House for consideration of Senate amendments