The Virginia government should ban conversion therapy
I am a scientist that investigates how social environments can cause changes in the brain. Based on many research studies and numerous personal accounts, it is clear that conversion therapy is strongly linked to mental harm such as depression, anxiety, loneliness, withdrawn symptoms, and stress in romantic relationships. These types of feelings are predictive of a lower quality of life, and are also strongly predictive of dying sooner. Simply put, banning conversion therapy will result in a population that will live happier and longer lives.
This conclusion is backed up by emprical research, not just opinion.