Thursday, April 9, 2015
White House Announces Ban on Conversion Therapy for LGBT
A senior adviser for President Obama announced that they were seeking law to ban the "conversion therapy" to change one's sexual identity or sexual orientation. The practices were spawned from religious beliefs that homosexuality and trans-gender is a curable illness. The American Psychiatric Association does not categorize either case as an illness, and even states that such practices are harmful, causing anxiety and depression.
The proposed ban will outlaw any conversion therapy to minors, who are the most susceptible to life-long depression and sometimes suicide. A recent teen trans-gender suicide, motivated by conversion therapy, is one of many reasons to push the ban.
A gender-neutral bathroom was installed in the White House to show the support for trans-gender.