In 44 states, anti-LGBT parents can still legally send their LGBT-identifying children to ex-gay/conversion therapy where they’ll be (unsuccessfully) tortured to become heterosexuals — usually the treatment just increases their chances of anxiety, depression, drug-addiction and suicide rather than making them straight.
That’s why Samuel Brinton, a survivor of ex-gay therapy, has founded 50bills50states.org. The organization, according to The Washington Blade, will use “already established ties with advocates and legislators to arrange for the introduction of bills to ban conversion therapy for minors” in all 50 states by the end of 2017. The group successfully crowd-funded over $10,000 to get started, and now they’re seeking volunteers to help garner support in each state to get the bills passed.
Naturally, supporters of ex-gay therapy say frame its practice as a free speech and religious freedom issue, saying that parents should be able to practice their anti-LGBT religion and raise their kids however they like. But seeing as The American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of Social Workers have all stated that same-sex attraction should not be treated as a mental disorder, and that that “reparative/conversion” therapy cannot change a person’s sexual orientation, we’re surprised that anyone considers it useful at all other than as a cruel punishment.
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