Ban on Providing Conversion Therapy to Minors

Seattle's ban on providing conversion therapy to minors

Conversion therapy (also known as reparative therapy) are practices or treatments that attempt to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, based on the discredited theory that being LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) is a defect or disorder.

Examples of conversion therapy include:

  • Shaming same-sex attractions.
  • Making patients' behavior more feminine or masculine.
  • Exclusively teaching heterosexual dating skills as the only acceptable form of dating or a superior form of dating.
  • Inducing nausea, vomiting or paralysis while showing the patient same-sex erotic images.
  • Having a patient snap a bracelet around the wrist when aroused by same-sex erotic thoughts.
  • Using hypnosis to try to redirect desires.

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) enforces this law, which went into effect on October 3, 2016. To report possible violations, please call SOCR at 206-684-4500 or click here to file a complaint.


Frequently Asked Questions: Learn more about Seattle's ban on conversion therapy for minors

Postcard: Seattle has a new Conversion Therapy law

SMC Chapter 14.21: The Use of Conversion Therapy on Minors

Legislation text: An ordinance related to human rights; and adding a new Chapter 14.21 to the Seattle Municipal Code to prohibit the practice of conversion therapy on minors.

Background: Ending Conversion Therapy - Affirming and Supporting Seattle's LGBTQ Youth