News Brief: Study Reveals Nearly 20,000 LGBT Teens Will Undergo Gay Cure Therapy Prior to Their 18th Birthday

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News Brief Study Reveals Nearly 20,000 LGBT Teens Will Undergo Gay Cure Therapy Prior to Their 18th Birthday

News Brief Study Reveals Nearly 20,000 LGBT Teens Will Undergo Gay Cure Therapy Prior to Their 18th Birthday

News Brief:  Study Reveals Nearly 20,000 LGBT Teens Will Undergo Gay Cure Therapy Prior to Their 18th Birthday

A study conducted by the Williams Institute at that UCLA School of Law has found that approximately 20,000 LGBT teenagers will be forced into so-called “gay cure therapy” with a licensed healthcare professional before the age of 18.  In addition to that staggering number, another 57,000 will receive gay cure therapy from religious or spiritual advisors.

Researchers at the Institute discovered that almost 698,000 LGBT adults in the U.S. have already endured conversion therapy.

Prominent organizations from around the world, however, have already disavowed conversion therapy.  This includes the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association.

“Many professional health associations and the public support ending the use of conversion therapy on LGBT youth,” said Christy Mallory, the lead author of the study.  “Our research shows that laws banning conversion therapy could protect tens of thousands of teens from what medical experts say is a harmful and ineffective practice.”

Legislation in several states, including New Jersey, California, Oregon, Vermont, Illinois, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Nevada, and Washington D.C., has already been passed to prohibit gay conversion therapy.  16 additional states have bills that are currently pending, which will ban conversion therapy

Study author Kerith Conron, who is research director at the Williams Institute, emphasized the importance of educating people about sexuality and gender.  “With such a large number of teens at risk of conversion therapy, we must ensure that families, faith communities and service providers have accurate information about sexual orientation and gender identity and work to reduce stigma and promote acceptance of LGBT youth and their families,” she said.

Experts overwhelmingly agree that endeavors to cure sexuality are futile, misguided, and often actually harmful.  Attempts to force teens to repress their sexuality have been linked to depression, self-harm and even suicide.