Raleigh, North Carolina – On August 2nd, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order, EO97 Protecting Minors from Conversion Therapy, directing the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services to ensure that no taxpayer dollars are used for conversion therapy for minors, including North Carolina Medicaid and North Carolina Health Choice, Equality North Carolina (ENC) announced. This executive action makes North Carolina the first southern state to establish a state-level policy to protect minors from anti-LGBTQ conversion therapy.

“What leaders do matters,” said Mathew Shurka, Born Perfect co-founder who had been subjected to conversion therapy. “Gov. Cooper’s executive order sends a clear message that he and his administration will protect LGBTQ youth and ensure that no taxpayer money is spent on this life-threatening practice, which has been condemned by every leading professional medical and mental health organization. Now more than ever, LGBTQ children need to hear that they are born perfect.” The Born Perfect campaign to end conversion therapy was founded by National Center for Lesbian Rights in 2014 to bring those who have been subjected to conversion therapy and legal experts together to end conversion therapy. Born Perfect has partnered with the Human Rights Campaign and state equality groups across the nation to pass state and local legislation protecting youth.

Eighteen US states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia have banned conversion therapy through state-level legislation. Governors in Utah, New York, and Puerto Rico have taken executive action on the issue. (Q Notes Online Lainey Millen at Goqnotes.com/63579/governor-issues-executive-order/)

 

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