WESTWOOD — A new study estimates that more than 75,000 LGBT youth in the United States and before they reach adulthood will be subjected to the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy from a licensed healthcare professional or a religious or spiritual advisory.
‘PRAY THE GAY AWAY’
Conversion therapy — which has been called “Pray the Gay Away,” lampooned on “South Park” and outlawed by several states — is a disproved treatment intended to change the sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression of LGBT people. It is grounded in the belief that being LGBT is abnormal and wrong — which we all know is bullshit.
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OPPOSED BY HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
A number of prestigious, professional health associations — including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics — have issued public statements opposing the use of conversion therapy and several have asked Congress and state legislatures to pass laws outlawing the practice.
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OUTLAWED IN 9 STATES
Nine states and the District of Columbia have outlawed licensed healthcare professionals from using conversion therapy on youth under the age of 18, and more than a dozen states will consider similar bans this year.
- Approximately 20,000 LGBT youth in the U.S. between the ages of 13 and 17 will receive conversion therapy from a licensed health care professional before the age of 18.
- An estimated 57,000 LGBT youth will receive conversion therapy from a religious or spiritual advisor before they reach adulthood.
- About 698,000 LGBT adults in the U.S have been subjected to conversion therapy at some point in their lives.
- About 350,000 of the adults received conversion therapy as adolescents.