Governor Ralph Northam signed a historic bill making Virginia the twentieth state to protect LGBTQ minors from conversion therapy, the harmful practice which seeks to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill, which passed both chambers of the VA legislature in February, will go into effect on July 1.
Mathew Shurka, Co-Founder of the Born Perfect Campaign, joins the LGBTQ Equality Caucus in Washington, D.C., today to meet with members of Congress to discuss issues facing LGBTQ youth in America – including ending federal funding of the life-threatening practice of conversion therapy. Shurka and the Caucus will be joined by special guests Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons and Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees, Co-Founders of the LOVELOUD Foundation, along with LOVELOUD Board member Carmen Carrera from season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing adopted statewide rules protecting LGBTQ minors from conversion therapy, the harmful practice which seeks to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Utah Governor Gary Herbert directed the Division to develop the rules last year after proposed legislation to address the issue narrowly failed to pass the Utah Legislature.
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.
Amazon, the nation’s largest seller of online books, stopped marketing A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality by Joseph Nicolosi, a California therapist who promoted and practiced conversion therapy before his death in 2017.
Antoni Porowski has collaborated with the Born Perfect campaign to end conversion therapy on a limited edition Pride T-Shirt, designed by artist James Concannon, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall.