MassEquality Statement on Massachusetts Becoming the 16th State to Ban Conversion Therapy

Apr 10, 2019

Contact: Deborah Shields, JD, MPH 
Executive Director
617-878-2300 (o)
Twitter: @massequality


BOSTON – April 10, 2019 – On Monday, April 8th, Governor Baker signed into law An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors, also known as the Conversion Therapy Ban bill. In doing so, Massachusetts became the 16th state to ban the use of conversion therapy on youth under the age of 18. In response, MassEquality’s Executive Director, Deborah Shields, JD, MPH, released the following statement:

“MassEquality joins the LGBTQ community in celebrating the signing of the Conversion Therapy Ban bill. Thanks to an emergency preamble in the bill, the law went into effect upon signing, meaning that Massachusetts youth are now protected from the very real harms of conversion therapy.

“MassEquality sincerely thanks Governor Charlie Baker for signing the bill; Senate President Karen Spilka, Speaker Robert DeLeo, lead sponsor Rep. Kay Khan, Sen. Mark Montigny and Sen. Julian Cyr for their leadership and support; and all the House and Senate members who worked so hard and for so long to pass this bill. We also thank and celebrate with our coalition partners who devoted years of effort to banning conversion therapy, and our supporters across the Commonwealth who made calls and wrote letters, testified before legislative committees, and spoke to lawmakers in support of the bill. This victory ultimately belongs to our LGBTQ youth who no longer need to fear being subjected to the dangerous practice of conversion therapy.”

MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.