Item Coversheet
Item Number:DISCUSSION ITEMS- II.-3.
Committee Meeting Date:5/18/2020
  
City of Roeland Park
Action Item Summary

Date:5/6/2020 
Submitted By: Keith Moody 
Committee/Department: Admin.
Title:Discuss Conversion Therapy Policy
Item Type:Other



Recommendation:

Councilors Dickens, Madigan and Faidley have requested a workshop discussion on a policy prohibiting Conversion Therapy. 

Details:

Attached is the policy on conversion therapy adopted by the City of Kansas City.

 

An example ordinance based upon the Kansas City ordinance has been developed for reference (attached).


How does item relate to Strategic Plan?



How does item benefit Community for all Ages?

Additional Information

From Councilors Madigan, Dickens and Faidley:

 

Request that council undertake a discussion of a "conversion therapy ban" to protect the physical and psychological well-being of minors in Roeland Park, including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or questioning youth, from exposure to the serious harms and risks caused by conversion therapy or reparative therapy by licensed providers.

The ban fits well into our Community for All Ages status and could be considered as a stand-alone ordinance or an amendment to the current city NDO. The amount requested would cover costs to draft legal language similar to a ban passed by the City of Kansas City, MO in 2019.

 

Conversion Therapy also known as reparative therapy, ex-gay therapy, or sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts, is a range of discredited practices aimed at changing one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Professionals in education, social work, health, mental health and counseling including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have determined that there is no scientifically valid evidence that supports the practice of conversion therapy. These professionals have determined that there is no evidence that conversion therapy is effective or that an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity can be changed by conversion therapy. They have also determined that conversion therapy is not only ineffective, but is substantially dangerous to an individual’s mental and physical well-being and has also been shown to contribute to depression, self-harm, low self-esteem, family rejection, and suicide.

Supporting documents include:
1) Kansas City, MO ordinance 190902
2) Trevor Project Language

3) Kansas House Bill introduced in 2020:
HB2483: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2019_20/measures/hb2483/

ATTACHMENTS:
DescriptionType
Example Conversion Therapy PolicyCover Memo
KCMO Conversion Therapy PolicyCover Memo
Trevor Project Language from Equality KSCover Memo