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3/20/19  7:43 am
Commenter: Margaret DeTar-Lavallee

"Conversion" therapy is harmful

Conversion therapy, used to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender preference, can be extremely harmful to patients, especially young people.  Scientifically, it cannot change an individual's innate identity without doing harm, and morally, it begins by convincing an individual that they are somehow wrong or broken.  LGBTQ individuals are not wrong or broken.  In virtually every species, there are those who are not strictly conforming to gender norms.   People are different.  Those that insist that LGBTQ individuals need to be fixed or cured are imposing their very narrow worldview and religious teachings on others.  In a country where we are supposed to be free of religious persecution, this is abominable.

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