NCLR’s Born Perfect Hails North Carolina Order Protecting LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2019
Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org

RALEIGH, N.C. — Today, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order to protect vulnerable young people from conversion therapy, which seeks to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

The order directs the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit payment for conversion therapy for minors by any health care provider receiving state or federal funds.

“What leaders do matters,” said Mathew Shurka, Born Perfect Co-founder and conversion therapy survivor.  “Governor Cooper’s executive order sends a clear message that he and his administration will protect LGBTQ youth and ensure that no taxpayer money is spent on this life-threatening practice, which has been condemned by every leading professional medical and mental health organization. Now more than ever, LGBTQ children need to hear that they are born perfect.”

“Thanks to Governor Cooper’s leadership, North Carolina is now the first state in the South to take statewide action to protect youth from conversion therapy,” said Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Kendra R. Johnson, Executive Director of Equality North Carolina said: “This year our campaign ignited a conversation among North Carolinians about the importance of protecting our kids from ‘conversion therapy.’ It’s gratifying to see Governor Cooper take this critical step in the right direction. No child should be told that they must change their sexual orientation or gender identity; we’re grateful that Governor Cooper agrees. We are committed to ending this debunked practice and will work for statewide protections.”

Allison Scott, Director of Policy & Programs at the Campaign for Southern Equality, added:  “Governor Cooper’s order will create a safer North Carolina for LGBTQ youth. Young LGBTQ people who endure ‘conversion therapy’ are at an immensely higher risk for depression and suicide than those whose identities are  affirmed, a primary reason that we must do all we can to end this dangerous pseudoscience. As we continue our campaign to end conversion therapy once and for all, we’re looking forward to working across North Carolina to share a message of love and affirmation. We have the momentum, and now it’s time to amplify the voices of North Carolinians everywhere who are taking action to protect our youth.”

The Born Perfect campaign to end conversion therapy was founded by NCLR in 2014 to bring survivors and legal experts together to end this dangerous practice.  Born Perfect has partnered with the Human Rights Campaign and state equality groups across the nation to pass state and local legislation protecting youth from conversion therapy.  Mathew Shurka, Born Perfect Co-Founder and Chief Strategist, has shared his story as a survivor with legislators and policy makers across the country.


Born Perfect is a survivor-led campaign to end conversion therapy created by The National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal organization committed to advancing the human and civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

Utah Governor Herbert Orders Utah Licensing Board to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2019

Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Yesterday, Utah Governor Gary Herbert released a letter ordering the Utah Psychologist Licensing Board to promulgate regulations protecting youth from efforts by licensed mental health professionals to change their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Governor Herbert ordered the Psychologist Licensing Board “to take the lead on this,’ and then to share its results with other state mental health licensing boards.  The letter also asks the board to “carefully consider how” psychologists can educate families when parents seek such dangerous treatments for their children.

Statement by Mathew Shurka, Conversion Therapy Survivor and Co-Founder of Born Perfect:

“When a state leader of Governor Herbert’s stature speaks out on this important issue, it educates millions of people.  As a survivor, I know that Governor Herbert’s leadership on this issue will save lives.”

Statement by Shannon Minter, Legal Director the National Center for Lesbian Rights:

“This is a huge step forward for LGBTQ youth and their families in Utah.  Governor Herbert is setting a powerful example for other state leaders across the country about how to address the issue of conversion therapy and protect young people from this life-threatening practice.”


Born Perfect is a survivor-led campaign to end conversion therapy created by The National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal organization committed to advancing the human and civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.