MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – On Wednesday, the St. Paul City Council will have their first public hearing to discuss a ban on conversion therapy.

Conversion therapy, which is based on the belief that being LGBTQ+ is a curable mental illness, has been discredited by medical and mental health professionals. OutFront Minnesota estimates that in the 31 states that still permit conversion therapy – which includes Minnesota – 16,000 youth are subject to the practice every year. According to the American Psychological Association, it is harmful to mental health.

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St. Paul would be the third city in the state to ban the debunked therapy, after Minneapolis and Duluth.

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On Wednesday, multiple advocates are expected to speak, including leaders from OutFront Minnesota and mental health professionals.

“This year’s Pride month more than ever is a battle for our rights as a fully diverse and beautiful human community,” said council member Jalali Nelson. “I am proud to serve as an out elected official and use our combined power as a council with community to ban harmful torture practices like conversion “therapy” from our capitol city.”

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The hearing will take place two days after the Supreme Court ruled it illegal for an employer to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.