We are the largest campaign in the world endeavoring to protect LGBTQ young people from conversion therapy in every state of the nation and countries around the world. Every day, we engage in legislation, litigation, and public education to end these dangerous and discredited practices.
How we’re making an impact
We do the work through legislation, litigation and public education and partner with mental health associations, youth organizations, LGBTQ groups, student clubs, faith communities, and educational institutions in every state to promote the submission and passage of meaningful legislation in their legislature. We then work with lawmakers in generating policy, providing survivor testimony, and demonstrating public support.
Protecting with Pride
Launched in 2020, the campaign elevates the ongoing municipal-level fight against conversion therapy by educating key policymakers and local residents about the dangers and abuses associated with conversion therapy.
Conversion therapy is an abusive practice.
It’s a practice that aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
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.
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…
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),…
The Trevor Project, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) united today to ask the US District Court for the Western District of Washington to dismiss a challenge to Washington State’s legislation protecting LGBTQ youth from 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…
The Trevor Project commended Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer for signing an executive order prohibiting the payment of state and federal funds for the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy on minors.