The Health and Public Welfare Effects of Gay Conversion Therapy

CHILD USA is studying the health effects of children who are subjected to so-called “gay
conversion therapy" or "reparative therapy,” which is intended to “fix” their sexual orientation.

This approach has been uniformly rejected as abuse and discredited by every leading medical

There is a movement to stop the abuse and ban gay conversion therapy in the states, with 18 states doing so.

Religious organizations and individuals are lobbying to obtain statutory rights to overcome any bans on gay conversion therapy.

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*as of July 31,2019

What happens in gay conversion therapy? 'Cameron Post,' 'Boy Erased' show scary reality

"Gay conversion therapy is more than just a "South Park" episode.

The controversial practice – which uses emotionally abusive, often extreme methods to "cure" people of their homosexuality – has been a subject for comedic fodder in the ribald animated series, as well the 2000 film satire "But I'm a Cheerleader." "

P. Ryan | July 31, 2018

Christian group sues to overturn conversion therapy bans in South Florida

"Liberty Counsel, a right-wing Christian nonprofit organization, has filed a lawsuit against Palm Beach County and the city of Boca Raton for their bans on underage conversion therapy.

The lawsuit, brought on behalf of two marriage and family therapists in South Florida, argues that the ban violates the free speech rights of Dr. Robert Otto, Dr. Julie Hamilton, and their clients."

J. Reilly | June 28, 2018


RuPaul's Drag Race Queen Dusty Ray Bottoms Reveals New Details of her 'Exorcism' and 'Gay Conversion Therapy'

"As much as it is a competition to find America’s next drag superstar, RuPaul’s Drag Race is a showcase of the human ability to endure and overcome painful hardship, from bullying and drug addiction to being abandoned at a bus stop by a parent as a child. But even by the show’s standards, Dusty Ray Bottom’s revelation that her family forced her to undergo an exorcism in an attempt to turn her straight was particularly shocking."

K. Gander | April 18, 2018


I Was Tortured in Gay Conversion Therapy. And It's Still Legal in 41 States. 

"In the early 2000s, when I was a middle schooler in Florida, I was subjected to a trauma that was meant to erase my existence as a newly out bisexual. My parents were Southern Baptist missionaries who believed that the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy could “cure” my sexuality."

S. Brinton | January 24, 2018

Mass. House Approves Ban on 'Gay Conversion Therapy'

"The Massachusetts House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would ban so-called "gay conversion therapy" for minors.

The bill passed on a 137-14 vote Wednesday."

Associated Press | June 27, 2018



Washington Legislature Bans Gay Conversion Therapy on Minors

"The Washington Legislature has passed a bill to ban licensed therapists from trying to change a minor's sexual orientation.

The Senate agreed on changes made in the House to Senate Bill 5722 and passed it on a 33-16 vote Saturday. It now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature."

Associated Press | March 4, 2018



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