When most Americans think of Puerto Rico these days, they are probably thinking of Hurricane Maria that took place in 2017. However, when it comes to LGBTQ rights, Puerto Rico is making some truly basic advancements in human rights that its stateside neighbors should take note of.
An executive order has been issued by Gov. Ricardo Rossello that bans gay “conversion therapy” for LGBTQ youth.
The recent years have seen this unscientific practice fall under intense criticism in recent years, and mostly for its inappropriate nature of a practice that tries to change someone’s orientation through some truly old fashioned and often evil means.
No matter where you stand about LGBTQ issues and rights, the fact that conversion therapy doesn’t work remains. So, this is a very important move for Puerto Rico, and it will literally save lives.
Rossello said that they take a step forward to raise awareness among the people about this type of practice, and love and respect should always prevail without distinction of orientation, race, color, or religion.
Only 15 U.S. states have banned the practice.
Rossello added that as a father, scientist, and the governor for everyone in Puerto Rico, he firmly believes that the idea that there are people in the society that need treatment because of their gender identity or whom they love is not only absurd, but harmful to so many children and young adults who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.