New-Mexico

New Mexico becomes 7th state to ban conversion therapy

  • The state of New Mexico has become the seventh state to impose a ban on conversion therapy, the practice of attempting to force LGBTQ people into changing their sexual orientation, with GOP Gov. Susana Martinez signing into law a bill banning its use on minors.
  • The new “prohibition will apply to licensed physicians, nurses, psychologists and other health practitioners who apply conversion therapy to people under 18,” the Associated Press reported. The law also sets up a system of penalties for violations under state licensing boards for those professions. Read more. (4/8/17, 1:01 PM)

For beauty off the beaten path, venture two hours southwest of Albuquerque, New Mexico to the Sierra Ladrones Wilderness Study Area. There are no trails through the area’s diverse landscapes of high mountain peaks, isolated canyons and badlands. Hiking to the top of Ladrones Mountain – pictured here during a storm – rewards visitors with stunning panoramic views of the area’s mesa grasslands and piñon-juniper woodland. Photo by Julie Aguirre, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).

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Sky glows at sunset over the Sandia Mountains, New Mexico