To Whom it May Concern,
Fifteen states, in addition to the District of Columbia, have already banned conversion therapy by licensed professionals. This outdated and practice of changing someone's sexuality, is harmful and detrimental to individual's health. I, myself, have been through a program in Virginia and have suffered from depression, low self-esteem, and suicide because of the shame and guilt the program taught me. No young person should ever be shamed by a mental health professional into thinking that who they are is wrong. Mental health professionals should provide care that is ethical and affirming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender young people.
- Caleb Foster