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

Skip to main
Press

Louisville, KY Protects LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

BY: Trevor News
Group of LGBTQ youth, smiling and with their arms around each other, photographed from below with the sky behind them
Donate

Today, September 17th, the City of Louisville passed an ordinance that prohibits licensed medical professionals from subjecting LGBTQ youth to the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. With this 24 to 1 vote, Louisville becomes the second and largest city in Kentucky to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy — an action that could positively impact the potential of passing statewide legislation in the future.

“The Trevor Project is thrilled to see the largest city in Kentucky take action to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangers of conversion therapy. Based on our research, this discredited practice is strongly associated with greater rates of attempting suicide. This is a great victory for the LGBTQ youth of Louisville, and hopefully, it will encourage the passage of state-wide protections for all young people in the Bluegrass State,” said Troy Stevenson (he/him pronouns), Advocacy Campaign Manager for The Trevor Project.

Over the past few years, The Trevor Project has been proud to work with our partners at The Fairness Campaign, Kentucky’s statewide LGBTQ organization, Ban Conversion Therapy Kentucky, and grassroots advocates from across the state in pushing to protect LGBTQ youth.

The Trevor Project’s new Protecting with Pride campaign is elevating the ongoing municipal-level fight against conversion therapy through legislation and public education in cities and counties across the United States.

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

The Trevor Project Applauds Federal Court Decision to Let Conversion Therapy Ordinance in Florida Stand

Today, a federal district court in Florida refused to grant a preliminary injunction in the case of Otto v. Boca Raton that would have stopped the cities of Boca Raton and Palm Beach, FL from enforcing their ordinances protecting LGBTQ minors from conversion therapy at the hands of licensed mental health professionals. “We're glad to see a strong decision from the court recognizing the importance of laws protecting youth from conversion therapy,” said Sam Brinton, Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project. “We were proud to file an amicus brief in this case sharing our experience of…
Tangerine Violet Gradient
Press

The Trevor Project Condemns Advancement of Two Anti-Trans Bills By Arizona House of Representatives

85% of transgender and nonbinary youth say that recent debates around anti-trans bills have negatively impacted their mental health. March 24, 2022 — The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and mental health organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people, condemned the passage of two anti-trans bills by the Arizona House of Representatives today. SB 1138 would criminalize the provision of gender-affirming medical care and SB 1165 would restrict participation in school sports for transgender and nonbinary young people. “Today, the Arizona House brought the number of anti-trans bills advanced across the country in…

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.

Your donation will save lives.

Every day, LGBTQ+ young people reach out for mental health support. When you donate to Trevor, you ensure our volunteers can continue to be there for them.

Donate Now

Train to be a counselor

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

Volunteer Now