Conversion therapy is any of several dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing an individual's sexual orientation. Conversion therapy uses a variety of shaming, emotionally traumatic or physically painful stimuli to make their patients associate those stimuli with their LGBTQ identities.
According to studies by the UCLA Williams institute more the 700,000 LGBTQ people have been subjected to the horrors of conversion therapy.
Conversion therapy does not work. All major medical and Associations agree that LGBTQ identities are a normal variant of human nature. No credible scientific study has ever supported the clams of conversion therapist to actually change a person's sexual orientation.
Conversion therapy is a serious threat to a patients health, one study showed that 57% of participants have tried to take their life.
My guest today Elena Thurston talks about surviving conversion therapy, about how the shame of being gay and disappointing her family and church nearly drove her to killing herself.
Elena's Ted Talk:
How I Recovered From Conversation Therapy
Pride and Joy Foundation, help for LGBTQ facing conversion therapy
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