LGBT Policy & News

The Lies and Dangers of Efforts to Change Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

The Human Rights Campaign

Oct 29, 2019

So-called “conversion therapy,” sometimes known as “reparative therapy,” is a range of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Such practices have been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades, but due to continuing discrimination and societal bias against LGBTQ people, some practitioners continue to conduct conversion therapy. Minors are especially vulnerable, and conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide.

Policy and Position Statements on Conversion Therapy

The Human Rights Campaign

Oct 29, 2019

Read statements from leading organizations regarding so-call "conversion therapy," including NASW, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and more.

Episode 33: Supporting LGBTQ Youth

NASW Social Work Talks Podcast

Jun 04, 2019

Ellen Kahn is a social worker and Director of the Children, Youth and Families Program at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). We speak with her about HRC's work to serve youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.

Place the interests of children in foster care first

Knox News | USA Today Network

Apr 01, 2019

Two Tennessee bills would allow agencies to refuse to serve qualified families because of their faith, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

New York state legislation bans so-called “conversion therapy”

NASW New York State Chapter

Jan 15, 2019

New York State passed legislation to prohibit licensed mental health professionals from engaging in efforts to change a minor’s sexual orientation. NASW chapters in New York pushed for law and applaud decision.

Transgender Issues with Zander Keig

Social Work Talks Podcast

Jan 08, 2019

Zander Keig, MSW, LCSW, is a clinical social work case manager on the U.S. Navy Medicine West Regional Transgender Care Team. He's a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and co-author of three books and several journal articles. He is also a transsexual man who transitioned in 2005.

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