HRC FOUNDATION & NCLR REPORT
This resource will help parents recognize when and how conversion therapy is promoted, provides information about the dangers of the practice, and offers guidance to parents regarding practices that promote their child’s health and well-being.
When she was only 15, Alex’s life changed when she came out to her Mormon family as a lesbian. Her parents took her to Utah, where for eight months she was subjected to efforts to change her sexual orientation. In her book about the experience, titled Saving Alex, she writes: “My story is an easy one to tell. No one should be beaten, or be told that God doesn’t want them, or be sent to dangerous so-called ‘conversion therapy’ because they are gay. No family should feel they have to choose between their faith and their child.” Alex now lives with her girlfriend in Portland, Oregon, and works on behalf of a children’s charity.
This resource lays out what conversion therapy is, the research demonstrating its inefficacy and dangers, and the current legal landscape of laws protecting against the harmful practice.
This resource aggregates the organizational position statements of major medical and mental health organizations denouncing conversion therapy, including those of the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, and the American Psychiatric Association.
A snapshot view of which states have statewide laws or regulations prohibiting state-licensed mental health professionals from engaging in conversion therapy with minors.
Letter signed by national organizations representing millions of licensed medical and mental health care professionals, educators, and child welfare advocates reiterating the inefficacy and harms of conversion therapy and backing legislative efforts around the country to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangerous practice.