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Trevor Project survey shows link between suicide, conversion therapy
2019-06-11

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The Trevor Project released a new survey showing that 57 percent of young people who experienced conversion therapy attempted suicide in the last year.

The National Survey on LGBTQ Youth: Mental Health 2019 is consistent with the results of a peer-reviewed study published last year that found that LGBTQ youth who are subjected to conversion therapy are nearly three times as likely to attempt suicide as those who have not been subjected to conversion therapy.

Another noticeable result: Two in three LGBTQ youth reported that someone tried to convince them to change their sexual orientation or gender identity, with youth who have undergone conversion therapy more than twice as likely to attempt suicide as those who did not.

In a press release, Born Perfect co-founder and conversion-therapy survivor Mathew Shurka said, "These heartbreaking figures underscore the urgent need for states to take action to protect LGBTQ young people and their families from the devastating harms caused by conversion therapy.

"Conversion therapy is fraudulent and harmful. No young person in this country should have to fear being subjected to such a dangerous and unethical practice, and no family should have to fear that a licensed therapist will subject their child to a discredited treatment that has been rejected as ineffective and unsafe by every leading medical and mental health organization in the country."

National Center for Lesbian Rights Legal Director Shannon Minter added, "As this new data confirms, the evidence that conversion therapy puts LGBTQ youth at risk of serious harms is overwhelming. No issue is more important to the health and well-being of LGBTQ youth than putting a stop to this invidious practice once and for all. We call on state and local policymakers to take immediate steps to educate parents about the harms caused by conversion therapy and to ensure that no licensed therapist can engage in these dangerous practices."

The survey is at www.thetrevorproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Trevor-Project-National-Survey-Results-2019.pdf .


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