We have come a long way in terms of gay rights in the United States. Gay marriage is legal, the Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of protecting gay and transgender people from workplace discrimination, and many gay people are able to come out to their loved ones without having to worry about being accepted or not. However, there is still a lot of work to be done and progress to be made. Many people within the LGBTQ community are still not accepted by their families and communities.
Conversion therapy is a type of therapy that involves attempting to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Twenty states have banned the practice, but there are still twenty-nine that have not, and one that only has a partial ban. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, not only is the effectiveness of conversion therapy not well supported by scientific evidence, but it also can be harmful to the patients. Furthermore, “The belief that same-sex attraction and behavior is abnormal and in need of treatment is in opposition to the position taken by national mental health organizations.”
The practice of conversion therapy is extremely harmful to the LGBTQ community and promotes homophobia. It is a traumatizing process that no human being should have to go through. Many, if not most, of the people who undergo this horrible “treatment”, are children whose parents do not accept them. Sign this petition to demand that states ban conversion therapy now.
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