Rep. Keith Ellison is among 35 original sponsors of a bill to ban conversion therapy and label it as “deceptive.” Unlike state bans that have been passed in Oregon, New Jersey, and California which apply only to minors, the federal bill would ban the practice for every age group. The bill applies to anyone who attempts conversion therapy to change sexual orientation or gender identity for profit.
It shall be unlawful for any person to—
(1) provide conversion therapy to any individual if such person receives monetary compensation in exchange for such services; or
(2) advertise for the provision of conversion therapy where such advertising claims—
(A) to change another individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity;
(B) to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender; or
(C) that such efforts are harmless or without risk to individuals receiving such therapy.
(b) Violation Of Rule.—A violation of subsection (a) shall be treated as a violation of a rule defining an unfair or deceptive act or practice prescribed under section 18(a)(1)(B) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 57a(a)(1)(B)).
The bill, which was introduced on May 19, awaits a hearing in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.