Conversion therapy is torture. Not only is it ineffective and dangerous for those who endure it, but it also fuels a narrative that LGBTQ people can and should change who they are. Hearing the horror stories from survivors of conversion therapy here in Kentucky, we wanted to take action to show queer youth that someone was fighting for them. We at Ban Conversion Therapy Kentucky feel that passing this legislation is important in giving LGBTQ youth the acceptance and protection they deserve.
Prominent professional health associations—including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among numerous others—oppose the use of conversion therapy on youth, calling the practice harmful and ineffective.
In 2019, legislation will be submitted to protect youth from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. If successful, Kentucky would be the 15th state to pass legislation limiting the practice. These efforts are part of the Trevor Projects 50 Bills 50 States campaign to protect youth from conversion therapy across the United States.
No one should have to experience this torture. We need legislation in Kentucky to ensure not one more LGBTQ experiences the life long pain it causes. Together we must make Kentucky a safer place for LGBTQ youth!
Kentucky Mental Health Coalition, 37 Member Organizations:
KY Assn for Marriage & Family Therapy
KY Assn. for Psychology in the Schools
KY Assn. of Regional MH/MR Programs
KY Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Kentucky Counseling Association
KY Hospital Association
KY Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Inc.
KY Psychological Association
Spalding Univ School of Professional Psychology
Seven Counties Services
KY Society for Clinical Social Work
Mental Health America of Northern KY & Southwest OH
NAMI – Kentucky
NAMI – Madisonville
Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Center
Family & Children’s Place
New Beginnings, Bluegrass, Inc.
NorthKey Community Care Center
Our Lady of Peace
Passport Health Plan
People Advocating Recovery
Ridge Behavioral Health System
ARH Psychiatric Center
Brain Injury Alliance of KY
Catholic Conference of Kentucky
Coalition for the Homeless
Four Rivers Behavioral Health
RiverValley Behavioral Health