Double Your Gift for Justice and Equality

Last year, when we launched #BornPerfect: NCLR’s Campaign to End Conversion Therapy, it was after more than two decades of advocating for an end to this heinous practice. Survivors of conversion therapy and their families have been shoulder to shoulder with us every step of the way. A year and a half ago, they called on us […]

#BornPerfect: A Year In, and We’re Not Backing Down

By Sam Ames, #BornPerfect Campaign Coordinator & Staff Attorney A year ago, we set out with a goal—protect LGBTQ children from conversion therapy by wiping out the dangerous and discredited practice in just five years. Since then, our #BornPerfect campaign has helped protect thousands of kids across the country from practices linked to severe depression, substance abuse, […]

The President Joins Our Fight

By Sam Ames, #BornPerfect Campaign Coordinator & Staff Attorney Nine months ago, NCLR launched our #BornPerfect campaign to end the use of conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth in five years. At the time, we thought it was an ambitious goal. We could not have imagined then the speed with which this movement has already grown or the […]

Time is Running Out to Stop Anti-LGBT Conversion “Therapy” in Virginia

We need your help and there’s no time to waste. Committees in the Virginia House and Senate are voting TODAY on legislation that prohibits therapists from trying to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Anti-LGBT groups are turning out in full force to oppose this life-saving bill—please don’t let them succeed! Committee members urgently […]

The Cost of Awareness

By Sam Ames, #BornPerfect Campaign Coordinator & Staff Attorney The suicide of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn has prompted widespread media attention, including a focus on her description of how being sent to conversion therapy increased her sense of isolation and rejection. Now more than ever before, it is clear that there is an urgent need for more […]

Leelah: “My death needs to mean something”

By Kate Kendell, Esq., NCLR Executive Director “We are who we are, and there’s very little we can do to change our core. If we’re asked to change, there will be a chasm so deep inside of us that it will threaten our very life.”–Jodie Patterson, mother of transgender child The suicide last week of 17-year-old transgender […]