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 […]

Our Goal—End Conversion Therapy in Five Years

By Kate Kendell, Esq. No child should ever be hurt because of who they are. That’s why we started the #BornPerfect campaign to end conversion therapy across the country over the next five years. We need your financial support to make it happen. All attempts to change their sexual orientation or gender identity through conversion therapy […]

The Human Element: Making Conversion Therapy in the U.S. an International Human Rights Issue

By Sam Ames, #BornPerfect Campaign Coordinator & Staff Attorney There we were. Around the illustrious circular United Nations briefing tables at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, among the 70 human rights advocates from across the United States, the largest delegation in the history of the U.N.’s Committee Against Torture (CAT). Together, as leaders of the National […]