by GLAAD | Updated on 2.21.19
Democratic and Republican lawmakers in Utah are set to introduce a bill that would ban so-called “conversion therapy” practices in the state for good, and the news couldn’t come at a more important moment.
A recent study found that one in five LGBTQ youth attempted suicide after surviving these horrific, medically outdated practices. So the facts are clear: “conversion therapy” or “ex-gay therapy” practices only harm LGBTQ youth.
Utah’s elected leaders cannot let this deadly practice continue, and the Church of Latter-Day Saints declared it would not stand in the way of this bipartisan effort at the state house.
We need your help to get us there. Add your name to this petition and call on Utah’s elected leaders to protect our LGBTQ youth once and for all.
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CONVERSION THERAPY IS ABUSIVE...AND DOES NOT WORK. ROSS ANDELMAN MD, CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRIST
It’s destructive, not only to the human being sent to these camps. It also destroys the family.
This is cruel and unusual punishment! How is this even legal?
There are 450 species in the animal Kingdom with same sex relationships. One species that tries to tell them to go against what nature is telling them to do. One species that abhors others for doing as nature intended. Homosexuals were once looked upon as holy men and woman - for they walked in both worlds. They were looked upon as special. Now they are forced to change, killed, maimed, beaten, all because they are not the social norm. Where did all this hate come from? Why all this hate? Not acceptable ever, put especially in the 21st Century, when we are supposed to have such advanced knowledge.
It’s wrong to change a person for the way they were born it is wrong so just stop like there humans would you send your child to conversion therapy if they were gay probably not
Conversion therapy is a horrible, cruel and barbaric practice to try and sway someone's attraction to the same sex. This is not only physically cruel to them in MANY WAYS (for example: starring at a wall for 18 hours while carrying a backpack full of rocks. To symbolize how being gay is their biggest burden) it is also emotionally and mentally damaging to those in conversion therapy as well. Many many people commit suicide while in conversion therapy or not long after. History shows that conversion therapy doesn't work a is highly ineffective. There are no scientific studies showing that conversion therapy works. That alone should make it a reasonable ban. Let us protect the lgbtq youth in UT by banning conversion therapy once and for all.
Please vote to end this. I run an anti human trafficking nonprofit in salt lake city and I can't tell you how bad this effects the amount of work we do. Numbers are high because kids run away when faced with this.
Cant believe it's still a thing. It just degrades people, makes them feel like theres something wrong with them. There isnt. Love everyone and quit trying to change them!
Conversion therapy is nothing more than modern torture.
Please end conversion therapy. Please stop suicide. Please stand up for everyone in Utah no matter their gender and sexuality.
Thou shall do no harm.
Its total trash that's why!
I signed because we have to stop this, cruel and unnecessary practice. Thank you!!!
Conversation therapy does not work! It does more harm than good to those who have to suffer through it. There is no scientific evidence proving that it has helped in any way. These are real lives we're talking about. Let's work to ACTUALLY save them and help them to know there is nothing wrong with them.
Homosexuality is not a choice. It is caused by genetic factors in the womb. Therapy is not going to have any affect on changing genetics.
Conversion Therapy is not therapy at all. It is physical and mental abuse, and should be banned without hesitation, as we would ban any and all abuse. It doesn’t work, it has never worked, and it is a con by the religious right to convince their base that gay and lesbian people are “mentally ill” and need to be cured. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I am against conversion therapy. I find it cruel and unjust.
Conversation Therapy is not only a rejection of personhood in favor of assimilation, it is deeply traumatizing to the individual which that person carried with them for the rest of their life (if they survive). This brutal and inhumane practice needs to be banned permanently.
It's wrong. People can make their own choices.