Conversion therapy does not work, but what does it do?
Here are the facts:
Practitioners of conversion therapy are rejecting through their treatment that being a member of the LGBTQ community is okay- something to be proud of or something to embrace. Conversion therapy is a rejection of someone's innate self, and rejection can have an impact throughout the entirety of someone's life no matter how healthy and supported that individual may be as an LGBTQ adult.
Highly rejected LGBTQ young people have been found to be:
- More than 8 times as likely to have attempted suicide
- 6 times as likely to report high levels of depression
- More than 3 times as likely to use illegal drugs
- More than 3 times as likely to be at high risk for HIV and STDs
Conversion therapy is happening here in Connecticut, and you can stop it. Connect with us and CT Equality to ban conversion therapy in Connecticut. For good.
Similar to our community’s fight for marriage equality, this is a movement currently gaining momentum on the state level. While it can be difficult through a state-level bans to ensure that no form of conversion therapy is practiced, it is important to keep in mind the history of the marriage equality movement, which started state by state until the opinion of the American public shifted- and on June 26, 2015, marriage equality was achieved on a federal level. This is our hope for our future and for LGBTQ youth.
Your support of the Connecticut ban will give strength and energy to this movement to protect LGBTQ youth across the country.
Read more here to take action.