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We’re Finally Winning the Fight Against Conversion Therapy

We’re Finally Winning the Fight Against Conversion Therapy

Better still: Lawmakers in so-called flyover states are leading the charge.

By Sam Brinton

Sam Brinton is the head of advocacy and government affairs at the Trevor Project.
March 12, 2020

As a national advocate for a nonprofit organization working to protect the rights of L.G.B.T.Q. youth in America, I spend a lot of time looking down on wheat fields from tens of thousands of feet in the air. The constant flights from coast to coast and state capital to state capital give me plenty of time to reflect on the world in which today’s L.G.B.T.Q. young people are growing up.

My recent reflections have been focused on the onslaught of harmful bills that discriminate against transgender and non-binary youth, and how to ensure they never pass into law. At the same time, I’ve also been thinking about something truly remarkable, and even hopeful: the growing number of states with bills protecting L.G.B.T.Q. youth from the harms of conversion therapy, the dangerous practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Read the entire New York Times article.