A Nationwide Ban Is Needed for “Anti-Gay Therapy”

A Nationwide Ban Is Needed for “Anti-Gay Therapy”

Last summer a South Carolina man named McKrae Game, who founded a network to promote “conversion therapy” for gay people, disavowed his own work. But that supposition would be wrong: if past trends hold, 16,000 LGBTQ—lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer—teenagers in the U.S. will go through conversion therapy before they turn 18, according to the Williams Institute at the U.C.L.A. Some conservative religious organizations still back “anti-gay therapy” and on occasion end up in court to defend it. In a 2019 survey of almost 35,000 young people, the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention for LGBTQ youths, found that 42 percent of a subgroup who had received conversion therapy attempted suicide. The public is also opposed: a 2019 Reuters/Ipsos national poll found that 56 percent of U.S. adults think conversion therapy should be illegal.

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