by GLAAD | Updated on 1.28.19
Nearly 700,000 adults in the U.S. have received "conversion therapy" of some form at some point in their lives. An additional 57,000 will go through "conversion therapy" in the next five years - unless we take action.
Few practices hurt LGBTQ youth more than attempts to change their sexual orientation or gender identity through "conversion therapy." Victims of this terrible practice very often experience depression, substance abuse, and often contemplate suicide.
"Conversion therapy"—sometimes called “ex-gay therapy”—has been condemned by every major medical and mental health organization in the country as harmful and ineffective, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychiatric Association.
While many states, like Colorado, are moving to ban "conversion therapy," we must now demand a permanent ban of this practice, plain and simple.
It’s time to amp our voices by calling for an end to "conversion therapy."
Written by GLAAD
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We here in Colorado have been moving leftward for some time now, and the motivation in doing so comes from the right-wing, christian coalition of Republicans who are hell-bent on maintaining things like "conversion therapy" on children. So this note goes to the lone Senate and Representative holdout, Corey Gardner. You are slated to lose in 2020. Your dwindling fanbase of religious misfits cannot save you. Please consider being a human being just this once, instead of being a driven-by-the-nose Republican and support and vote to once and for all make conversion therapy something unlawful to do to children.
Stop conversion therapy. It's way too damaging!
Conversion therapy is an attempt to brainwash and manipulate. It's not inline with progressive values, and it needs to be stopped.
It doesn't work and severely wounds the victims.
Accept and celebrate people for who they are! It is well past time to stop the misguided and harmful practice of conversion therapy.
Is this seriously still happening?!
This should absolutely never have existed, and it's up to us to make sure it's completely abolished.
We must create a stop to this dangerous practice, once and for all.
I'm active in the signing many online petitions for a variety of liberal causes. Being a disabled gay male on public assistance from Social Security, Medicare, HUD Housing Program, SNAP assistance and Medicaid it is important I feel to do as much possible to preserve and advocate in ways aside from financial contributuons which I'm unable to provide.
This is religious based kidnapping and brainwashing. It has nothing to do with being LGBTQ...the religious right should not be allowed to PRETEND to be offering therapy or help when all they want to do is control --- see also FAKE PREGNANCY CLINICS.
To intervene into the emotions of these people...any peoples rights thru a mask of "therapy" is a violation.
It's inhumane treatment of people who were BORN gay! Who in the world would wake up one morning and think "Hey, I'm going to be gay." Those "Christians" who promote this are not living Jesus's Word.
I believe Conversion Thearapy is very harmful and no person should be forced to be a part of this.
It doesn't work. There is nothing wrong with these people, so nothing to fix. It is more akin to torture and can cause lasting harm, up to and including suicide. And this is what those specific Christians, including Pence, believe Jesus would approve of.
So-called "conversion therapy" is nothing more than psychological torture and social shaming with a veneer of scientific legitimacy. It is incredibly harmful to LGBTQ people and has no proven effectiveness. It should be banned entirely as fraud or, at the very least, vulnerable minors should be protected from this practice.
Conversion therapy is wrong for several reasons, including but not limited to the fact that it's YOUR religion and religious beliefs that you are imposing and forcing down the throats of others who might not share your religion or beliefs and because NO ONE should be forced to undergo changing a fundamental part of who and what they are just to satisfy you or someone else. More and more scientific research points to homosexuality being innate/genetic. According to your religion and religious beliefs, that means that someone who happens to be homosexual (or bisexual) is automatically condemned by your religion before they even exit the womb. Part of the problem stems from your BELIEF that anything stated, professed and written by men who wrote parts of what we now call the Bible was allegedly "inspired by God", although such "inspiration" can never be proved, and likely wasn't inspired by God. Humans have a tendency to take a little bit of information and color/discolor/add their own slant/opinions intermingled. To say that it's God who "allows" various atrocities to occur or have occurred in the past to individuals or groups of people because it's "part of God's plan" is mere rationalization, trying to explain away certain occurrences as the will of God. If God were God and good, God wouldn't have allowed such things to have ever occurred. I could go on and on with this line of thinking, but I've expressed enough to make a point. To you conversion "therapists", take up some other hobby, get a life and leave gays and others to live their own lives. You live your own lives, and let them live theirs! In other words, mind YOUR own business.
Nobody should have to face the monstrosity that is "gay conversion therapy", let's promote equality and diversity and as Belinda Carlisle once sang, "Live Your Life Be Free".
Do you think if we sent you to a straight conversion camp it could make you gay? I don't think so. Why would anybody think this makes gays straight. Not only is in ineffective it fosters self hatred and low self esteem when self acceptance is the only path to salvation. No one escapes what they desire.
this is torture , not a cure there is no cure, you are born this way.
Conversion therapy is simply wrong!