Ending conversion therapy for minors: What are the facts? According to the Trevor Project, "there is no scientific evidence to show conversion therapy is effective in its goal of changing one's sexual orientation or gender identity. The nation's leading mental health associations including the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association...have all issued statements condemning the practice."
According to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law , 698,000 LGBT adults have undergone conversion therapy, including 350,000 who did so as adolescents (Mallory, et al. Williams Institute, Jan. 2018).
20,0000 youth currently ages 13-17 are expected to undergo conversion therapy by age 18 in the 41 states where it is not banned.
As of Jan. 2018, 9 states, D.C., and 32 local governments have banned healthcare providers from engaging in conversion therapy for minors.
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.
Nearly half of all transgender youth have seriously considered attempting suicide, and approximately 25% have attempted.
LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are nearly 8.5x more likely to have attempted suicide than LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection (Trevor Project, 2016 Public Policy Report).
Visit The Trevor Project's "50 Bills 50 States" page to learn about nationwide and state advocacy efforts: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/50-bills-50-states/
Visit The Williams Institute at UCLA Law online for the latest research covering LGBTQ-related public policy and demography in the U.S.
Write your Senators and Reps!
There are many websites that show you your reps. A good one is: act.commoncause.org