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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!

Organizations Endorse Our Legislation

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

Pathways, Inc

Pennyroyal Center

People Advocating Recovery

Ridge Behavioral Health System

ARH Psychiatric Center


Brain Injury Alliance of KY

Bridgehaven, Inc

Catholic Conference of Kentucky

Children’s Alliance

Coalition for the Homeless

Communicare, Inc.

Comprehend, Inc.

Four Rivers Behavioral Health

LifePoint Solutions

RiverValley Behavioral Health


Together We Must Make Kentucky a Safer Place for LGBTQ Youth!

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