Hawaii Joins 11 States to Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors

On May 25, 2018, Governor Ige signed into law Senate Bill No. 270, which prohibits therapists from offering “sexual orientation change efforts” or “conversion therapy” to patients under the age of 18.  Hawaii joins 11 other jurisdictions to ban such practices.

Lt. Governor Chin was a staunch supporter of SB270 and urged the Legislature to pass the bill to end this practice.

“Hawai‘i is a thriving melting pot built on a foundation of inclusiveness and respect.  We believe every person is valuable and special.  And we know that our strength comes from our diverse citizens coming together as one,” said Lt. Governor Chin.  “Protecting our LGBTQ youth from damaging and discredited efforts to change their sexual orientation or gender identity is a critical next step . . . this measure is a vote for a future where every person is empowered to live and love as they wish.”

Full text of the law can be downloaded here:  Senate Bill No. 270