We Must Put an End to Gender Conversion Therapy for Kids

LEELAH ALCORN, A trans youth who endured conversion therapy, wrote in her suicide note, “The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was, they’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights.”


Recently, a series of opinion pieces have been published in newspapers and magazines (including in WIRED) decrying President Obama’s statement condemning conversion therapy for LGBT youth, as well as the recently passed ban on conversion therapy for LGBT youth in the province of Ontario, Canada home of some of the practice’s defenders. Since the 1990s, major medical and mental health organizations have condemned conversion therapy for the purpose of changing a person’s sexual orientation. The recent controversy is in response to efforts to also ban conversion therapy attempts to change gender identity and expression in children.


Camilla Wood

UK based Legal Aid Lawyer

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