White House Calls on States to Protect LGBT Youth from Conversion Therapy

Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., the United States Surgeon General, joined a growing chorus of high-profile advocates looking to support LGBT youth and put an end to the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. His statement comes two days after the White House released a statement in response to a petition prompted by the death of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teenager from Kings Mills, Ohio, who took her own life in December 2014 after facing years of rejection and enduring conversion therapy.

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 […]