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Conversion therapy is an outdated practice that is proven to be ineffective and dangerous. The presence of conversion therapy perpetuates the harmful ideology that people of the LGBTQ+ community are not worthy or capable of thriving. As a woman who is proudly bisexual, I can’t stand to allow people of my community be forced into changing who they were born to be. Conversion therapy is proven to do far more harm than good. According to a report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, an estimated 20,000 minors in states with no law will be subjected to conversion therapy. There is no credible evidence to prove that conversion therapy works. LGBTQ+ minors rejected by their families are 6 times as likely to have high levels of depression, and 8 times as likely to commit suicide. With all of this being said, banning conversion therapy in all 50 states is very much overdue. With some states having laws that protect only minors, we must take it further and make it illegal altogether. Continuing this harmful, disgusting practice is a violation of human rights. If conversion therapy continues to be legal, we will lose more and more minors to suicide. We all deserve to be accepted and loved, no matter our sexual identity.