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The law will prohibit psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses and other clinical counselors in Nevada from attempting anti-gay conversion therapy on people under age 18 beginning next year.

There is no credible evidence that conversion therapy can change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. This bill is a major step forward in building a more equal and inclusive state'.

LGBT activists and their allies denounce the practice and have attempted to ban it at both the state and federal level with mixed results.

Carolyn Reyes, the National Center for Lesbian Rights" youth policy counsel and Born Perfect campaign director, said in a statement the new law means Nevada officials "have prioritized the safety, health, and well-being of LGBTQ Nevadans by putting an end to the discredited practice of so-called "conversion therapy'". Connecticut, California, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New York, and New Mexico all have laws or regulations protecting youth from this abusive practice.

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All police officers in Nevada may soon be required to wear body cameras under a new measure that was proposed to Governor Brian Sandoval on Thursday and is awaiting his signature.

"Conversion therapy is a risky, discredited practice that has been shown to cause anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide among LGBTQ youth. Nevada knows that all of our children are born ideal".

The Republican governor said last week he does not support an increase. Even New Hampshire's relatively moderate Republican Gov. John Sununu has kept mum on conversion therapy-though he did appoint one of its supporters, Frank Edelblut, to lead the state's Department of Education.

"No child should be put through the risky and inhumane practice of conversion therapy", Griffin said. "Medical professionals agree this outdated and discredited practice not only doesn't work but can also have life-threatening consequences".

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