We need to protect all queer youth from this inhumane practice that aims to change their sexual orientation and/or gender identity through harmful practices that amount to psychological abuse. These discredited practices are based on the idea that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or Intersex (LGBTQI) peoples need to be cured with no scientific basis and causes permanent mental illness. These practices are known to be extremely dangerous and can lead to depression, decreased self-esteem, substance abuse, and even suicide attempts.
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. We can’t allow one more young person to be targeted and hurt by these dangerous and discredited practices.
Conversion therapy is not a legitimate therapeutic practice. By proctecting people who use it, you are protecting child abusers. End this disgusting practice once and for all.