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Six cities in Ohio, including Columbus, have banned so-called conversion therapy for minors.

Utah has become the 19th — and most conservative — state in the U.S. to ban "conversion therapy" for minors. The widely discredited practice, aimed at changing a patient's sexual orientation or gender identity, is now formally barred in the state after the new rule took effect late Tuesday.

A spokesperson for Republican Gov. Gary Herbert, who directed licensing regulators to make the change, confirmed the move to NPR on Wednesday.

Peter Nunn is 32 and he's happy. He lives just outside Atlanta with his husband Monte, his dog Amelie, and their cat Hollow.

The dining room is decorated with a photo gallery wall of family — his husband dancing with his mother at their wedding and pictures of the couple. But it took a long time and work to get to a place where Nunn said he accepted and loved himself.

As a gay man, Nunn said, his father tried to change him.

The British government says it will ban conversion therapy, the controversial practice of trying to change sexual orientation. Patrick Strudwick's reporting helped galvanize the movement that resulted in the ban.

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A judge's custody ruling opens up the possibility a transgender teen in Hamilton County will receive hormone therapy despite his parents' opposition. 

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A visiting judge expects to rule next month in a legal battle over what kind of therapy a transgender boy in Hamilton County should receive. 

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President Trump has signed a memo implementing his new policy on transgender people serving in the armed forces.

A senior White House official told reporters that no transgender individuals will be allowed to join the armed services unless and until the secretary of defense and secretary of homeland security recommend otherwise.

Transgender members of the U.S. military would be subject to removal at Defense Secretary James Mattis' discretion — and the service would bar transgender people from enlisting, under new White House guidelines for the Pentagon. President Trump announced the ban via a tweet last month.

Rough details of the guidelines were confirmed by NPR's Tom Bowman after the White House plan for the Pentagon was reported by The Wall Street Journal.

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Max, age 13, is agender — neither male nor female. When referring to Max, you don't use "he" or "she;" you use "they."

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It will cost Columbus taxpayers 430 thousand dollars less this year to dump their trash into the Franklin County landfill.

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Columbus City Council is considering legislation to ban the use of so-called "conversion therapy" on LGBTQ youth. 

  A new survey gives Columbus and several other Ohio cities top marks for gay friendly policies.  

Last January, a transgender Ohio girl took her own life after undergoing so-called "conversion therapy."