Friday, April 10, 2015

President Obama Heroically Supports a Ban on Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Youth (New Video)

by Gregg Chadwick

photo by White House photographer Pete Souza of President Obama and rainbow 
April 9, 2015 in Jamaica

Today the White House released an historic video on its YouTube channel calling for a ban on conversion therapy for LGBTQ individuals. I am heartened by this important development that follows up on President Barack Obama's support for a ban on all forms of so-called "conversion" therapy for minors, also known as "reparative" or "ex-gay" therapy. These efforts by the White House to lovingly support LGBTQ folks are game changing. The White House provides a clear statement of intent on their video page:

"The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm.

As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, the Obama administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors."

The White House announcement was in response to a popular petition calling for the federal government to enact Leelah's Law, which would ban sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts nationally. Leelah's Law is named for Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who took her own life after being subjected to misguided attempts to get her to perform as a cisgendered male by her family and church.

President Barack Obama and his administration have moved America towards a positive, inclusive future. I cannot recall any other administration that has supported LGBTQ citizens so profoundly.

Thanks you President Obama.

Please watch this beautiful and inspiring message of love, support and hope.

photo by White House photographer Pete Souza of President Obama and rainbow 
April 9, 2015 in Jamaica

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