Ban LGBTQ Conversion Therapy for minors in Orlando and Orange County, FL

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This is a petition requesting that the City of Orlando and Orange County Government put forth an ordinance officially banning conversion therapy practices for LGBTQ minors.

Conversion therapy (sometimes called reparative therapy) is a pseudoscience practiced by clinical psychologists as a form of treatment or spiritual counseling in an effort to change a person's sexual orientation from homosexual/bisexual to heterosexual. It is a practice rooted in the belief that homosexuality is a psychological complication. This has been proven false by the American Psychiatric Association. The real objective of most of these conversion therapy psychologists is simply to make money off of confused parents and already stressed LGBTQ youth.

While many adults choose to undergo conversion therapy for many reasons (be they religious, social, or personal), this practice is often used by parents of LGBTQ children. Instead of supporting, understanding, and unconditional love to their child, the parents force their child into conversion therapy. This is detrimental to the child's mental health and overall well being. Treatment includes visualization, social skills training, and most often; prayer groups. However, many LGBTQ people have reported more extreme methods of treatment; including electroshock therapy, forced viewing of heterosexual pornography, and forced heterosexual intercourse. Such forms of treatment are opposed by the American Psychiatric Society, which labels this form of practice as "unethical".

As of this writing, there are nine states and eighteen cities in the United States that ban conversion therapy. In Florida, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Miami, Wilton Manors, Miami Beach, Bay Harbor Islands and Boynton Beach have conversion therapy bans. Orlando (including Orange County) is the largest metropolitan area in Florida without such a ban. Orlando City leaders constantly promote the city as a welcoming and safe place for all. A city and county wide ban on conversion therapy would ensure LGBTQ children are not forced such abuse.

Please sign this petition to send a message to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs that we will not tolerate conversion therapy for minors.