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3/20/19  10:09 pm
Commenter: Evelyn BruMar

Protect our Youth, Protect our LGBT children

I was almost kidnaped by a relative who believed that conversation therapy would fix me and correct the shame, he believed I was bringing to my family. I escaped because I made such a scene that it drew the attention of bystanders. That experience traumatized me, and I didn’t get the full experience of learning to hate myself by people of authority (Faith leaders or and Medical Professional). It has been 20 years since that experience and currently my family is proud of me and my wife only because I had the courage and the support from people who knew that I wasn’t sick. It is hard to heal broken children, I was a foster parent, currently an adoptive parents of a teen from the foster care system. The abuses they suffer would be equivalent to the abuses our LGBT youth suffer from conversation therapy. We must help heal the pain by allowing closure for our LGBTQ youth and community.  Help them move on and be productive members of our communities. Please hold clinicians accountable so our healthcare can do what it is meant to do, help, heal and do no harm. Thank you. 

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