Michigan state senators voted 21-15 to ban conversion therapy by mental health professionals to change the gender identity or sexual orientation of minors.
The bill now head to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has railed against conversion therapy and in 2021 prohibited state funds from being used to assist such therapy for minors.
Michigan is now poised to become the 22nd state to ban conversion therapy, a practice that researchers, experts and LGBTQ advocates say increases the risk of mental health issues and suicide attempts among LGBTQ youths.
Check the U.S. map of conversion therapy laws below: