Born Perfect Co-Founder Mathew Shurka Joins Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus & Special Guests to Discuss LGBTQ Youth Issues, Ending Conversion Therapy

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.

Utah Becomes 19th State to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

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.

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

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.