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New Report Reveals Alarming Prevalence of Conversion Therapy, With Over 1,300 Active Practitioners Across the U.S.

Nearly half of the identified practitioners (46%) hold active professional licenses as mental health providers December 12, 2023 — The Trevor Project, the leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people, released a new report today which sheds light on the alarming and extensive presence of practitioners of so-called conversion “therapy” across the U.S. Conversion “therapy” refers to a range of dangerous, discredited, and unscientific practices that attempt to change one’s LGBTQ+ identity. The report, It’s Still Happening, is the culmination of rigorous and systematic research that began in 2018 by researchers at The Trevor Project, who…
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The Trevor Project Applauds WI Gov. for Signing Pro-LGBTQ Executive Orders

WASHINGTON, DC — June 1, 2021 — The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people, commended Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers for signing three pro-LGBTQ executive orders, including one that instructs the state’s Department of Health Services (DHS), Department of Children and Families (DCF), and Department of Corrections (DOC) to update policies and “expressly disallow” payment of state and federal funds for conversion therapy on minors. “Conversion therapy is a dangerous, fraudulent practice that should never be subsidized with taxpayer dollars. Thank you to Governor Evers for taking…
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Lexington, KY Protects LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

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, commended the City of Lexington, Kentucky for passing an ordinance to protect LGBTQ youth from the harms of conversion therapy. Lexington becomes the third city in Kentucky to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy — building momentum for the passage of statewide protections.  “This is an amazing victory for the LGBTQ youth of Lexington, who deserve to live their lives without fear of being subjected to the horrors of conversion therapy,” said Sam Brinton (they/them pronouns),…
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Lincoln Becomes First City in NE to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

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…
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Dusty Ray Bottoms & Scarlet Envy on the Fight to End Conversion Therapy

Dusty Ray Bottoms and Scarlet Envy, fan favorites of RuPaul’s Drag Race, are both survivors who have been profoundly impacted by their experiences with conversion therapy. The Trevor Project spoke to the two about the power of sharing survivor stories and why we must pass legislation to stop licensed mental health practitioners from subjecting minors to the dangers of conversion therapy.
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The Trevor Project Applauds Global Faith Leaders for Coming Out Against Conversion Therapy

Statement from Sam Brinton (they/them pronouns), Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs at The Trevor Project: “It is incredible to see hundreds of religious leaders from all different backgrounds and denominations join together and come out against the discredited practice of conversion therapy. We hope this bold effort will send a message to LGBTQ youth in diverse communities of faith that they are deserving of love and respect and should be proud of exactly who they are.“The evidence is clear — conversion therapy has only ever proven to produce negative mental health outcomes and increase suicide risk. We must all come…