Gov. Wolf passes order to discourage ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBTQ youth in Pa.
Tom Wolf after speaking at a rally held by Pennsylvania Democrats at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia in May. - HEATHER KHALIFA/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday passed an executive order seeking to “discourage” conversion therapy in Pennsylvania, calling the controversial practice that attempts change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity a “junk science” that negatively harms LGBTQ people across the commonwealth. The executive order comes comes amid a surge of anti-gay rhetoric and sharpened attacks on LGBTQ people nationally, where Republican-dominated legislatures are seeking to roll back constitutional protections in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned. “We have a crisis here,” Wolf said. “Political attacks...