You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience and security.

Skip to main
Press

Lincoln Becomes First City in NE to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

BY: Josh Weaver
Violet Purple Gradient

Today,  the City Council of Lincoln, Nebraska passed an ordinance that prohibits licensed mental health professionals from subjecting LGBTQ youth to the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. With this 5 to 1 vote, the capital city of Lincoln becomes the first in the state to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy.

“The Trevor Project is delighted to see the great capital city of Lincoln become the first city in Nebraska to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangers of conversion therapy. We know from our research that this so-called ‘therapy’ has only ever worked to produce negative mental health outcomes and increase suicide risk,” said Troy Stevenson (he/him pronouns), Advocacy Campaign Manager for The Trevor Project. “This is a tremendous victory for the LGBTQ youth of Lincoln, and we hope it will encourage the passage of similar protections throughout the rest of the Cornhusker State.” 

“There are folks who are still struggling with their identity watching this victory in Lincoln. Struggling not because of what their heart tells them, but because of the fear imposed on them by society. Let this progress be a message to our brothers, sisters, and siblings still in the closet  – We will fight for you while you are in the closet and we will be here to love you when you decide it’s time to come out,” said Council Member James Michael Bowers (he/him pronouns).

“We’re so proud to partner with Trevor Project to educate our community. Together with local mental health advocates and survivors, we highlighted the stories of the dangers of so-called conversion therapy,” says Abbi Swatsworth (she/her pronouns), Executive Director of OutNebraska. “OutNebraska aims to celebrate and empower LGBTQ+ people. Today’s vote sends a powerful message to LGBTQ+ youth in Lincoln. We look forward to continuing to protect youth in other communities and across the state.” 

The Trevor Project’s Protecting with Pride campaign elevates the ongoing municipal-level fight against conversion therapy through legislation and public education in cities and counties across the United States. Over the past few years, The Trevor Project has been proud to work with OutNebraska, Nebraska’s statewide LGBTQ organization, and grassroots advocates from across the state in pushing to protect LGBTQ youth. 

Research:

  • According to The Trevor Project’s 2020 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, 10% of LGBTQ youth reported undergoing conversion therapy, with 78% reporting it occurred when they were under age 18. Youth who reported undergoing conversion therapy reported more than twice the rate of attempting suicide in the past year compared to those who did not.
  • According to a new, peer-reviewed journal article by The Trevor Project published in the American Journal of Public Health, LGBTQ youth who underwent conversion therapy were more than twice as likely to report having attempted suicide and more than 2.5 times as likely to report multiple suicide attempts in the past year.

Conversion therapy is widely opposed by prominent professional medical associations including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. For journalists looking to learn more about how to cover the issue of conversion therapy, here is a guide on best practices. 

Read more from
Press

Tangerine Violet Gradient
Press

New Study Shows Strong Relationship Between Updating Identification Documents and Suicide Risk Among Transgender and Nonbinary Youth

Trans and nonbinary youth who had changed their official documents reported significantly lower rates of attempting suicide in the past year compared to those who had not April 27, 2022 – Researchers at The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and mental health organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people, published a peer-reviewed study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that found transgender and nonbinary youth’s ability to update identity documents to match their gender identity is significantly associated with lower suicide risk. The findings demonstrated that youth who reported…
Tangerine Canary Gradient
Press

Arkansas Senate Passes Bill Banning Gender-Affirming Care for Trans Youth

Research indicates that denying trans patients best-practice care would be life-threatening. WASHINGTON, DC — The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people, condemned the Arkansas Senate for passing HB 1570, which would criminalize the provision of best-practice, gender-affirming care for transgender and nonbinary youth. Passed by the Arkansas House of Representatives on March 10, the bill is now headed to Governor Asa Hutchinson’s desk. “The evidence is clear: gender-affirming care produces positive mental health outcomes and reduces suicide risk. That’s why it’s considered best-practice, embraced by…

Looking for another kind of support?

Explore answers and information across a variety of topics, or connect to one of our trained counselors to receive immediate support.

Train to be a counselor

One volunteer can help ensure LGBTQ young people have someone to turn to 24/7.

Volunteer Now

We’re here for you.

If you ever need immediate help or support — you aren’t alone. Call, text, or chat with a trained counselor 
24/7, all year round. For free.

Reach a Counselor