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The road to Norman's "conversion therapy" ban was a long one for Sage Mauldin, who said he is haunted to this day by meetings with his youth pastor meant to "save" him from his sexual orientation. Mauldin was just 17 and living in Bartlesville when the meetings took place. For a year, he was repeatedly questioned about his sexuality and told that it was wrong to be gay and that it was something he could choose to change.

While he now knows that sexual orientation is not something that can be changed through any conversation, "treatment" or the forced reading of Bible passages condemning homosexuality, the experience left a lasting impact on him.

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In hopes of keeping others from experiencing the same pain, Mauldin has spent more than three years as a member of the Norman Human Rights Commission advocating for a ban on sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts in Norman. After being elected president of the commission in March, Mauldin partnered with national experts to draft an ordinance, as well as with Norman Pride to discover the prevalence of this practice in Norman. Norman Pride inquiries revealed at least six local mental health providers engaging in the discredited practice. The ordinance would not impact churches or non-d providers.

The vote placed Norman among more than 90 other municipalities across the U. The practice has been deemed harmful and discredited by the American Psychological Association, among other major medical associations. Of those exposed Norman Pride Vice President Pixie Quigley called and ed 13 different state d providers in Norman under the ruse of looking for someone who would engage in conversion therapy with a minor.

Three of those she contacted did not respond, while six said they do engage in or condone the practice, and four said they could not. Often, mental health providers that conduct sexual orientation or gender identity change efforts don't advertise that service publicly, said Mathew Shurka, strategist for the Born Perfect campaignwhich helps states and municipalities pass these bans. The practice was born from the belief that homosexuality was a mental disorder, which the American Psychiatric Association deemed inaccurate in Before that, therapists treating clients for homosexuality was "normal," Shurka said, but has yet to completely end despite its harmful effects.

So we asked the government to step in. The American Psychological Association's resolution states there is not sufficient evidence that sexual orientation can change through treatments.

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The group recommends therapists work with clients to become comfortable with their sexual orientation rather than perpetrating the belief that it can or should change. With both goals now realized, Mauldin said it's as though a weight has been lifted. The council first considered a ban on the use of city funds for conversion therapy on minors May 11, but then requested the commission go a step further and present them with a complete ban.

The amended ordinance had a first reading at the June 22 council meeting, and passed with a unanimous vote during a special session June Many attendees spoke up in support of the ban and survivor stories were shared, including by attendee Christina Owen who shared a friend's story, with permission, of a minor's experience in Norman.

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The young boy was shown gay pornography and when he became aroused was given medicine to induce vomiting, Owen said. Only three attendees spoke against the ban, each a member of Unite Norman — a group formed last summer during attempts to recall the mayor and several council members — and two of which were then-councilors-elect Kelly Lynn, Ward 3, and Rarchar Tortorello, Ward 5. Lynn, whose term began one week after the June 29 meeting, voiced concerns about the ban being an infringement on parental rights.

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However, Shurka — who has been involved in getting such ordinances passed since California in passed the nation's first — said that while some cities have been sued for their bans, the bans have been upheld in all but one case, which is still pending. Bans in 23 cities in Florida are in limbo after a decision from the U. The lawsuit now goes back to the U. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the decision to uphold or overturn the bans will also affect the future of similar bans in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Currently, there is no binding precedent in the U. Don Holladay, retired constitutional lawyer and OU Law adjunct professorsaid it's hard to tell if Norman will face a similar lawsuit.

And young people are driving the s. House Bill was introduced in February by State Rep. The bill was sent to the Children, Youth and Family Services committee, but was not brought up again in the legislative session. While the bill would allow mental health providers to use "any therapy they choose," it would prohibit any "therapy" involving "physical pain, such as electroshock or electroconvulsive therapy, touch therapy, pornography exposure, or vomit-induction therapy.

Mauldin said such bills were often used as a reason for Norman not to pass a ban. Some advocates for ending the practice believe municipalities should wait until a statewide ban is likely to pass, rather than having local bans that spark retaliation. Facebook Twitter. Jana Hayes Oklahoman. Show Caption. Hide Caption. The Oklahoma City Pride festival continues at Scissortail Park on Saturday after the parade scheduled for the morning was canceled due to weather.

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