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Two Missouri Cities Reach Different Outcomes On Conversion Therapy

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Carlos Moreno
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KCUR 89.3
Currently 95 cities and 24 states in the U.S. have some form of ban on conversion therapy.

Both North Kansas City and Independence recently introduced legislation banning the practice of conversion therapy on minors. In one city it passed. In the other it did not.

Conversion therapy is the controversial practice of using psychological or spiritual counseling to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. We ask leaders from North Kansas City and Independence what spurred the introduction of these bills and how each city council's decision will affect their residents.

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