The Health and Public Welfare Effects of Conversion Therapy
CHILD USA is studying the health effects of children who are subjected to so-called “gay
conversion" or "reparative therapy,” which is intended to “fix” their sexual orientation.
This approach has been uniformly rejected and discredited by every leading medical
There is a movement to prohibit such therapy
in the states, with 13 states doing so.
Religious organizations and individuals are lobbying to obtain statutory rights to overcome any barriers to such therapy.
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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