Lawrence will no longer allow licensed providers to practice conversion therapy on minors in the city

Lawrence, KS – According to the statement, the city commission voted unanimously to ban the practice, which is designed to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

According to the officials, research has shown the practice is harmful to children’s mental health and increases the risk of suicide.

Twenty other states and numerous municipalities have banned conversion therapy.

The ban applies only to licensed counselors, not clergy or religious figures who counsel children without a license.

This story will be updated when new information is available.