Linn County supervisors ban conversion therapy

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors banned “conversion therapy” on Monday, becoming the second governmental entity in Iowa to enact a ban.


The measure applies only to the unincorporated areas of the county, but supporters said they hope the county’s cities will pass their own bans.


The supervisors voted 2-1 to prohibit “any efforts to change sexual orientation or gender identity with minors, including conversion and reparative therapy.” Supervisors Ben Rogers and Stacey Walker, both Democrats, voted in favor, with Supervisor Louie Zumbach, a Republican, opposed.


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In Iowa, only the city of Davenport has banned conversion therapy. Across the country, about 100 municipalities and 19 states have banned it, according to the Movement Advancement Project.


Rogers said the issue is an example of the board exerting local control due to home rule, which allows local governments to operate in any lane that state or federal governments don’t occupy.


“If you do any research on this, the fact it’s called therapy — it’s not therapy,” Rogers said. “I do think it’s dangerous.”


Debunked​


Conversion therapy is a widely debunked practice of trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of an LGBTQ person into a straight man or woman.


The American Psychiatric Association and other accredited psychological organizations have opposed conversion therapy since the 1990s.


“No credible evidence exists that any mental health intervention can reliably and safely change sexual orientation; nor, from a mental health perspective does sexual orientation need to be changed,” the association said in a statement in 2021.





The therapies — also call reparative therapy or spiritual therapy — have been known to cause anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts and suicide deaths. A 2022 study done by The Trevor Project found that 6 percent of LGBTQ youths have been subjected to conversion therapy and 10 percent have been threatened with it by a family member or guardian.


Local issue​


Rogers said last week is unaware of anyone practicing the therapy in the county, and the ordinance’s purpose is to ensure that continues to be the case.


Zumbach last week argued the issue didn’t come from local residents. Walker said the issue came to his attention from Iowa Safe Schools, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy group.


Iowa Safe Schools representatives on Monday said the issue was brought to their attention by local students, including LGBTQ groups in the Linn-Mar school district in Marion.


“We support LGBT youth in all 99 counties,” Iowa Safe Schools Director of Public Policy and Communication Damian Thompson said. “The students requested this ordinance, and our job is to make sure their voices are heard.”


“We’re glad to see the Linn County supervisors standing up for LGBTQ youth during Pride Month,” Becky Smith, executive director for Iowa Safe Schools, said. “We’re working hard to see this barbaric practice outlawed in all 99 counties.”


Public comment​


Linn County residents on Monday spoke in support and opposition to the ordinance.


“Evidence from research that’s widely available show several harmful side effects for conversion therapy,” said Drew Martel, Foundation 2 director of crisis services. “These interventions are harmful, and conversion therapy should not be part of any children’s medical assistance. It does not work. It causes harm.”


Those who opposed the ordinance claimed it infringes on freedoms of speech and religion.


Randy Walker of Cedar Rapids said the ordinance would “handcuff pastors” who help those with “gender dysphoria.”


“Taking a voice away who helps counseling and support is heinous and rude,” he said. “Pastors are there to help and assist them if they’re confused.”


Brian Saunders, a Lutheran pastor, said he believes the ordinance infringes on parents’ rights.


“I work closely with pastors and teachers who have struggles with this issue,” Saunders said. “We have been able to make use of clinics where we have not tortured these people. I’m appalled at those tactics, but that’s not how we approach the issues. … The men I’ve worked with in our church body are now leading very productive and fruitful lives.”


Walker responded that those arguments are red herrings and distract from the issue itself.


“This issue is about making child abuse in the form of conversion therapy illegal,” Walker said. “Any other argument about this is a distraction.”


State issue​


Zumbach said he continues to believe the issue “could end up at the state Legislature. When this comes up there, I believe … you’re not going to hear much about conversion therapy.


“The debate will be about whether the counties or cities had the right to do that, and it will be about overstepping authority. My no vote isn’t about conversion therapy. It’s strictly based on it being a state issue.”


Earlier this year, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a law that prohibits women transgender student athletes from participating in school women’s sports.


Iowa has no state law banning conversion therapy.


In 2020, Republican state Rep. Bobby Kaufmann of Wilton introduced a bill that would have banned health care providers from administering conversion therapy to minors, but the ban did not extend the ban to clergy members or religious counselors. The bill did not advance in the Legislature.

 

lucas80

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Well, it seems like those folks in Linn County need for Kimmie to tell them what is right for them.
 
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Maybe casual genital mutilation of uninformed patients is a bad thing?




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I want to tell everyone what they took from us, what irreversible really means, and what that reality looks like for us. No one told me any of what I’m going to tell you now.

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I have no sensation in my crotch region at all. You could stab me with a knife and I wouldn't know. The entire area is numb, like it's shell shocked and unable to comprehend what happened, even 4 years on.


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I tore a sutra 4 days post recovery, they promised to address it, i begged them in emails to fix it, they scorned me instead. Years later, I have what looks like a chunk of missing flesh next to my neo-vagina, it literally looks like someone hacked at me. They still wont fix it

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No one told me that the base area of your penis is left, it can't be removed - meaning you're left with a literal stump inside that twitches. When you take Testosterone and your libido returns, you wake up with morning wood, without the tree. I wish this was a joke

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And if you do take testosterone after being post op, you run the risk of internal hair in the neo-vagina. Imagine dealing with internal hair growth after everything? What a choice... be healthy on Testosterone and a freak, or remain a sexless eunuch.

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And thats something that will never come back and one of the reason why i got surgery. My sex drive died about 6 months on HRT and at the time I was glad to be rid of it, but now 10 years later, Im realising what im missing out on and what I won't get back.

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In those moments of amnesia as I would wake, I would reach down to my crotch area expecting something that was there for 3 decades, and it's not. My heart skips a beat, every single damn time.

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Then theres the act of going to the toilet. It takes me about 10 minutes to empty my bladder, it's extremely slow, painful and because it dribbles no matter how much i relax, it will then just go all over that entire area, leaving me soaken.

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Now i get to the point where im detransitioned and the realisation that this is permanent is catching up with me. During transition, I was obsessive and deeply unwell, I cannot believe they were allowed to do this to me, even after all the red flags.
 
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Don't some liberals get all up in arms about circumcision or the female genital mutilation that occurs in some islamic cultures? why the hypocrisy here and why in God's name would any adult advocate for impressionable children or folks who are mentally unwell being mutilated in this way?