(New York, NY, September 11, 2014)—Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit unanimously upheld a 2013 New Jersey law that protects youth under 18 years of age from dangerous and discredited therapy practices known as “sexual orientation change efforts,” or “conversion therapy.” The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a similar law in California in 2013.
Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project, a member of the coalition to pass this and other, similar bans in New Jersey and around the country, issued the following statement:
“The Trevor Project thanks the three-member panel of the Third Circuit for their unanimous support of the mental health and well-being of New Jersey’s youth. All children, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, deserve the best possible health and mental health care. By upholding this law, parents and caregivers can feel assured that when their children turn to a licensed therapist in New Jersey for care, they will not be subjected to treatments known to cause harm by trying to change who they fundamentally are.”
For 16 years, The Trevor Project has provided life-saving, life-affirming crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth across the U.S. For more information, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org.
Laura McGinnis (323.423.7405 / [email protected])