2020 Legislative Recap

Although this is certainly not the end to this Legislative Session that we expected, we have so many accomplishments to celebrate- and much of that is thanks to you, our dedicated supporters! We have high hopes that 2021 will be the year we ban these dangerous and discredited practices, once and for all in the Commonwealth of Kentucky!

Thanks to your support, in 2020, Ban Conversion Therapy Kentucky has:

• Set a historical precedent by having the first pro-LGBTQ legislation in Kentucky to be introduced by a Republican sponsor, Senator Alice Forgy Kerr

• Achieved record breaking bi-partisan support in both chambers, with 30 House cosponsors and 7 Senate cosponsors

• Received national media recognition from Washington Post, The New York Times, Vox.com, Huntington Post, and news outlets all across Kentucky, from big cities, to rural towns

• Over 100 organizations and businesses joined our coalition 

• Mobilized 120+ volunteers; ambassadors, organizers, interns, and phone tree participants, to participate in the legislative process, engage with their legislators, and further BCTK’s mission

• Held our most successful Lobby Day yet, with 60+ constituents meeting with over 40 legislators

• Received our first confirmed informational hearing in the Senate during the interim session from Senator John Schickel, co-chair of the Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations committee.

Received a $3,500 grant from JustFunKy to expand our ambassador program into Eastern & Western Kentucky

Thank You To Our Bill Co-Sponsors!

House Bill 199 Co-Sponsors

Senate Bill 85 Co-Sponsors

Rep. Lisa Willner

Rep. Patti Minter

Rep. Kim Banta*

Rep. Tina Bojanowski

Rep. Charles Booker

Rep. George Brown Jr

Rep. Tom Burch

Rep. McKenzie Cantrell

Rep. Jeff Donohue

Rep. Kelly Flood

Rep. Al Gentry*

Rep. Derrick Graham*

Rep. Joe Graviss*

Rep. Chris Harris*

Rep. Cluster Howard*

Rep. Joni Jenkins

 Rep. Nima Kulkarni

Rep. Mary Lou Marzian

Rep. Reginald Meeks

Rep. Russ Meyer*

Rep. Charles Miller*

Rep. Jason Nemes*

Rep. Ruth Ann Palumbo

Rep. Josie Raymond

Rep. Attica Scott

Rep. Maria Sorolis

Rep. Cherlynn Stevenson

Rep. Susan Westrom

Rep. Buddy Wheatley

Rep. Rob Wiederstein*

Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr*

Sen. Morgan McGarvey

Sen. Julie Raque Adams*

Sen. Jullian Carroll*

Sen. Perry Clark*

Sen. Denise Harper Angel

Sen. Reggie Thomas

*  Indicates representatives that had not previously cosponsored legislation to protect youth from conversion therapy.