Biden targets conversion therapy, transgender bans in Pride Month order

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06/15/2022

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order aimed at curbing discrimination against transgender youth and drying up federal funding for the controversial practice of “conversion therapy.” Biden’s executive order asks the federal health and education departments to expand access to gender-affirming medical care and find new ways to counter a flurry of bills passed in U.S. states by conservative lawmakers this year that ban these treatments for transgender youth. The order asks federal agencies to ensure that federally funded programs do not offer conversion therapy, which tries to force LGBTQ youth to change their sexual orientation, and the Federal Trade Commission to consider policing such practices that seek to change a patient’s sexual orientation or gender identity as deceptive businesses. A study backed by the Trevor Project, an LGBT anti-suicide advocacy group, found that some $650 million is spent on conversion therapy annually, including payments from insurance companies and Medicaid, the federally-funded healthcare program for lower income people.

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