The Illinois Senate voted 34-19 on May 29th to send HB217, an act to end gay conversion therapy, to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner for signing. The house passed a similar bill earlier in the year.
The purpose of The Youth Mental Health Protection Act is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth from sexual orientation change efforts, also known as conversion therapy.
The act specifically addresses sexual orientation but does not substantially address the issue of transsexuality.
Banning gay conversion is the focus of the act. It appears that banning gender expression and identity conversion is meant to be included under sexual orientation by the authors.
According to the Wisconsin Gazette Oregon’s governor signed a measure into law earlier in May. California, New Jersey and the District of Columbia also have enacted similar measures.