Richmond City Council

The Richmond City Council is shown during a meeting in August 2019.

The Richmond City Council on Monday condemned the use of "conversion therapy" in the city limits and across the state.

The council unanimously endorsed a nonbinding resolution banning the practice, a discredited method of attempting to change the sexual orientation or gender expression of a person. The practice has resulted in harmful mental health outcomes among LGBTQ individuals, and has been a cause of drug addiction, homelessness and suicide among people who have experienced it.

Three state boards that regulate mental health professionals banned the practice earlier this year, but it remains legal in Virginia. Bills seeking to ban conversion therapy have failed in the Virginia General Assembly in recent years.

Mayor Levar Stoney, who proposed the resolution, commended the council’s vote.

“I am proud that members of Richmond’s City Council joined me in opposing the inhumane and regressive practice of conversion therapy and affirming the sexual orientation and identities of all Richmonders,” Stoney said in a statement.

mrobinson@timesdispatch.com

(804) 649-6734

Twitter: @__MarkRobinson

Load comments

You must be a full digital subscriber to read this article You must be a digital subscriber to view this article.

Your RTD Sports Plus digital subscription does not include access to this section.

Upgrade to full digital and have unlimited access to Richmond.com. If you need assistance, call us at (800) 468-3382.

To start a new subscription or to activate digital access included in your print subscription, click the Sign Up button below. You can choose between Subscriber Plus, and receive unlimited access to Richmond.com, or Sports Plus for access to our exclusive sports coverage.

Already a digital subscriber? Click Log In.

Need help? Click here or call (800) 468-3382.

Learn more about Subscriber Plus or Sports Plus.