How about prayers for these kids and families. Prayer for wisdom and guidance as families, churches and nation. Let’s not make this a “break apart” issue but one where we kneel at the Father’s feet.
Federal Report Calls For End To ‘Conversion Therapy’ For LGBT Youth
The practice is “inappropriate and reinforces harmful gender stereotypes.”
WASHINGTON — The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released a report Thursday calling for an end to the practice of “conversion therapy” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
Advocates of conversion therapy argue that gay people can change their sexual orientation with help, which often includes religious efforts. The therapy stems from the once accepted — but now discredited — belief that homosexuality is a mental disorder that can be cured.
SAMHSA’s report concludes that “none of the existing research” supports that premise.
“Directing the child or adolescent to conform to any particular gender expression or identity, or directing parents and guardians to place pressure on the child or adolescent to conform to specific gender expressions and/or identities, is inappropriate and reinforces harmful gender stereotypes,” SAMHSA’s report says.
The report follows the White House’s criticism of the practice in April, in response to an online petition following the death of 17-year-old transgender youth Leelah Alcorn, who died after her parents forced her to attend conversion therapy. Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said at the time that the administration “supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.”