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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill into law on Friday banning psychotherapy that tries to change minors' sexual orientation or gender identity and calling it a "tortuous practice.", reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The big picture: Colorado joins 17 other states and the District of Columbia that have outlawed the use of conversion therapy for youth. Other states are considering similar legislation, including North Carolina, per AP.

Context: Conversion therapy is the pseudoscientific practice of trying to change the sexual orientation, gender identity or the gender expression of LGBT people, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA. Per the Chronicle, research indicates that conversion therapy increases the risk of depression, suicide and drug use in young people.

The 18 states that have banned conversion therapy for minors:

  • California
  • New Jersey
  • Oregon
  • Illinois
  • Vermont
  • Rhode Island
  • New Mexico
  • Connecticut
  • Nevada
  • Washington
  • Maryland
  • Hawaii
  • New Hampshire
  • Delaware
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • Colorado

Go deeper: Massachusetts now prohibits conversion therapy for minors

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