Virginia is outlawing the discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children.
Conversion therapy is a practice used to try to change sexual orientation or gender identity.
Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday he had signed into law that bans licensed therapists and counselors from subjecting minors to the practice.
The legislation passed the Virginia General Assembly earlier this year.
"Conversion therapy sends the harmful message that there is something wrong with who you are," Northam said, according to CBS affiliate WTVR.
The American Psychological Association has said conversion therapy is not based in science and is harmful to mental health.
The Virginia law will go into effect July 1. »