Colorado Becomes 18th State To Ban Ex-Gay Torture

The Denver Post reports:

For years a group of Colorado lawmakers have tried and failed to pass two laws they say would improve the lives of LGBTQ Coloradans. One bans mental health professionals from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation or “sexual or romantic attraction or feelings toward individuals of the same-sex,” and it would make advertising conversion therapy a deceptive trade practice under the Colorado Consumer Protection Act.

The second bill makes it possible for transgender Coloradans to update their birth certificates without having to prove they surgically changed their gender or submit a public notice. On Friday morning, Gov. Jared Polis signed them both into law in front of a cheering crowd gathered on the west steps of the Capitol. What made the bills successful this legislative session was Democratic control of the Colorado Senate.