To: Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
Ban conversion therapy in New Mexico.
We urge NM Governor Susana Martinez to sign SB 121 banning Conversion therapy in New Mexico. LGBTQ youth deserve protection from predatory therapy.
Why is this important?
The NM House and Senate passed Senate Bill 121, a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy for individuals under 18 years of age. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Andrés Romero (D-Albuquerque). Conversion therapy, aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity, has been rejected by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association.
“This discredited practice is not based on medical science. It’s based on dangerous misinformation. Being LGBTQ is not a mental disorder and we should not treat it as such. Children who undergo conversion therapy are more likely to attempt suicide, have depression, or partake in dangerous behavior. The bill includes language that would promote therapy that favors acceptance, support, and understanding for a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation, without attempting to change that identity or orientation. Senate Bill 121 passed the House by a large majority, 44-23.