On March 28th, Massachusetts took another step closer to banning the harmful practice of conversion therapy. HB140, "An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors", sponsored by Rep. Khan, passed the Senate 34-0 with 5 abstentions. The legislation, which bears 116 cosponsorship signatures, now includes definitions of "health care provider", "sexual orientation", and "sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts". The House and Senate versions of the bill will be reconciled before it makes its way to Governor Baker's desk.
Advocates gather to testify at the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities public hearing on March 5th at the State House in Boston.
Beacons from the Hill: