CNN reports the Brits will outlaw conversion therapy, a harmful process by which gay people are forced to try to turn straight — even though we all know we were born this way.
Even PM Theresa May said:
No one should ever have to hide who they are or who they love. This LGBT action plan will set out concrete steps to deliver real and lasting change across society, from health and education to tackling discrimination and addressing the burning injustices that LGBT people face.
The Trevor Project has been at the fore in trying to get conversion therapy banned everywhere. A spokesman from the org says:
More than 700,000 LGBTQ people have been submitted to the horrors of conversion therapy. And that number grows by thousands each year as we estimate that nearly 80,000 LGBTQ youth will be subjected to forms of conversion therapy in the next few years.
There are no federal laws in the US that protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy, and many states still allow the barbaric practice, which is opposed by prominent professional health associations including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth, leads 50 Bills 50 States, the nation’s largest campaign to end conversion therapy. The campaign works to introduce legislation to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy in every state in the country: supports bills by working closely with politicians to draft and pass the legislation; prepare Q&A for legislators on the sensitive topic; provide testimony of a conversion therapy survivor’s experience; manage networks of local 50 Bills 50 States advocacy volunteers who encourage states to pass bills via calls and emails to legislators; and more.
The Trevor Project is invested in ending conversion therapy in every state because youth from highly rejecting families are more than 8 times more likely to attempt suicide than youth from accepting families. So far The Trevor Project has introduced or successfully passed bills in 34 states, and in the last 6 months, we passed legislation in Washington, Maryland, Hawaii, and New Hampshire to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy.