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The Trevor Project Applauds Utah for Becoming the 19th State to Protect LGBTQ Youth From Conversion Therapy

The new licensing rule protecting Utah youth from conversion therapy went into effect last night, after being announced by Governor Herbert in November.

YESTERDAY, January 21st, Utah became the 19th state to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy as an administrative rule went into effect late last night prohibiting licensed medical professionals from practicing the so-called therapy on minors. Utah now joins 18 other states, the District of Columbia, and dozens of cities and counties in restricting conversion therapy.

“The Trevor Project commends the State of Utah for taking bold action to protect thousands of LGBTQ young people in Utah from the discredited practice of conversion therapy. This is historic progress and further proof that protecting youth from this danger transcends regional or political divides,” said Casey Pick, Senior Fellow for Advocacy and Government Affairs at The Trevor Project. “According to our national survey, five percent of LGBTQ youth reported being subjected to conversion therapy, and of those five percent, 42 percent reported a suicide attempt in the past year, more than twice the rate of their peers who did not report experiencing conversion therapy. Thank you to our friends at Equality Utah and all the local activists who tirelessly advocated for these protections that will work to save young LGBTQ lives in Utah.”

The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth, released in June 2019 the results of its inaugural 2019 National Survey on LGBTQ Mental Health, including insights around conversion therapy. The cross-sectional national survey of LGBTQ youth across the United States found that:

  • 2 in 3 LGBTQ youth reported that someone tried to convince them to change their sexual orientation or gender identity, with youth who have undergone conversion therapy more than twice as likely to attempt suicide as those who did not.
  • 42 percent of LGBTQ youth who underwent conversion therapy reported a suicide attempt in the past year.
  • 57 percent of transgender and non-binary youth who have undergone conversion therapy reported a suicide attempt in the last 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.

The Trevor Project’s 50 Bills 50 States campaign has partnered with the Human Rights Campaign, NCLR’s Born Perfect campaign, and Equality Utah, along with local advocates in support of these vital protections.

Learn more about reporting on conversion therapy.

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The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.

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