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Biden comes out to support LGBTQ youth with conversion therapy ...

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Biden comes out to support LGBTQ youth with conversion therapy order

The US president has ordered state departments to block funding to organisations involved in the practice

Ella Ceron and Jordan Fabian

US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order directing the department of health and human services (HHS) to develop guidance blocking federal funding for organisations that subject LGBTQ youth to conversion therapy.

In an effort to counter a series of state-level anti-LGBTQ legislation and policies, Biden on Wednesday signed the order as a show of support for LGBTQ people and children in particular, senior administration officials said.

“My order will use the full force of the federal government to prevent inhumane practices of conversion therapy,” Biden said at a White House reception with first lady Jill Biden celebrating Pride Month. He said it was the first time federal government was leading a coordinated response to what he called a “dangerous, discredited practice”...

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