By: Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO
Parents, families, and young people seek mental health professionals to find trustworthy help and support. Instead, too many youth find conversion therapy – a discredited practice grounded in homophobia, transphobia, and discrimination.
On April 8th, President Obama took a stand against this so-called “therapy” and in doing so, let young LGBTQ Americans know that their wellbeing matters. No young person should ever be shamed by a mental health professional into thinking that who they are is wrong. Instead, youth should be offered care that is ethical and affirming of their identity.
The Trevor Project has been at the forefront of banning these practices in New Jersey, Washington D.C. and California. We’ve already successfully helped to ban conversion therapy in several states, but there is still more work to do.
The Obama Administration’s announcement is a great step forward. Yet, we know that our country is struggling to bring LGBTQ rights into law. Indiana, Arkansas and other states have wanted to enact horrendous laws that would enable discrimination against LGBTQ people. Thankfully, President Obama just signed an executive order banning discrimination against LGBT federal employees and government contractors.
Every step forward makes a difference, and we are so thankful to you for your support. It isn’t always easy, and sometimes there are discouraging setbacks. But when we advocate for justice, for true equality, and for youth who deserve a bright future, we will persevere.
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