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Petition to Attica Scott, Mitch McConnell, Kentucky State House, Hal Rogers, John Yarmuth, Thomas Massie, Andy Barr, Kim King, Brett Guthrie, Tommy Thompson, Myron Dossett, Rick Rand, John Carney, Tommy Turner, Rocky Adkins

Support House Bill 258 to Ban LGBTQ Conversion Therapy in Kentucky

Currently in the Bluegrass State, conversion therapy for minors is legal. Conversion therapists falsely claim be able to change LGBTQ youth into straight and cisgender youth. Prominent professional health associations—including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among numerous others—oppose the use of conversion therapy on youth, calling the practice harmful and ineffective.  The State of Kentucky introduced House Bill 258 in a bold step to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy in 2018. If successful, Kentucky would be the 10th state to pass legislation limiting the practice though another 40 states still allow this terrible crisis to continue. These efforts are part of the Trevor Projects 50 Bills 50 States campaign to protect youth from conversion therapy across the United States. Conversion therapy is torture. Not only is it ineffective and dangerous for those who endure it, but it also fuels a narrative that LGBTQ people can and should change who they are. We need legislation in Kentucky to ensure not one more LGBTQ youth experiences the life long pain it causes. We the undersigned call on Kentucky Legislators to: support House Bill 258 to ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors increase public awareness that attempting to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity can be intensively damaging All major psychological associations speak to the heart of harms that can happen to LGBTQ youth when attempting to discriminate and change their sexual orientation or gender identity. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Clinicians should be aware that there is no evidence that sexual orientation can be altered through therapy, and that attempts to do so may be harmful. There is no empirical evidence adult homosexuality can be prevented if gender nonconforming children are influenced to be more gender conforming. Indeed, there is no medically valid basis for attempting to prevent homosexuality, which is not an illness. On the contrary, such efforts may encourage family rejection and undermine self-esteem, connectedness and caring, important protective factors against suicidal ideation and attempts. Given that there is no evidence that efforts to alter sexual orientation are effective, beneficial or necessary, and the possibility that they carry the risk of significant harm, such interventions are contraindicate ( http://www.guideline.gov/content.aspx?id=38417#Section420 ). American Academy of Pediatrics: “Therapy directed at specifically changing sexual orientation is contraindicated, since it can provoke guilt and anxiety while having little or no potential for achieving changes in orientation” (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/92/4/631.full.pdf American Medical Association: “Aversion therapy (a behavioral or medical intervention which pairs unwanted behavior, in this case, homosexual behavior, with unpleasant sensations or aversive consequences) is no longer recommended for gay men and lesbians. Through psychotherapy, gay men and lesbians can become comfortable with their sexual orientation and understand the societal response to it" (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=401656 From the National Association of Social Workers: “People seek mental health services for many reasons. Accordingly, it is fair to assert that lesbians and gay men seek therapy for the same reasons that heterosexual people do. However, the increase in media campaigns, often coupled with coercive messages from family and community members, has created an environment in which lesbians and gay men often are pressured to seek reparative or conversion therapies, which cannot and will not change sexual orientation. Aligned with the American Psychological Association’s (1997) position, NCLGB believes that such treatment potentially can lead to severe emotional damage. “ For a comprehensive list of policy and position statements on Conversion Therapy, visit: https://www.hrc.org/resources/policy-and-position-statements-on-conversion-therapy Current Co-Sponsors: Rep. Jim Wayne, Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, and Rep. Kelly Flood. Current Endorsements: The Kentucky Fairness Campaign, The Trevor Project, Kentucky Psychological Association, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the ACLU of Kentucky. Please consider sharing and signing this petition in support of HB 258 to put an end to these harmful practices in Kentucky. For more information on the 50 Bills, 50 States Campaign, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/50Bills50States.  Together we can make Kentucky a safer place for LGBTQ youth.  Don’t forget to call your legislators and ask them to sponsor and vote YES to HB 258! 1-800-372-7181 #50Bills50States #Kentucky #LGBTQ #ProtectLGBTKids #FairnessCampaign #BornPerfect #TrevorProject

Tanner Mobley
2,710 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to UNCC Administration, Philip Dubois, Kimberly Turner

UNCC Needs an LGBTQ Center

UNC Charlotte is the largest urban research facility in North Carolina with a student size of over 27,000. Studies done by the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior and the Williams Institute show that up to 8% of the nation’s population identifies as LGBTQIA+, meaning that potentially several hundred LGBT+ students attend this university. Statistics from the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce show that 20% of LGBT college students fear for their physical safety on campus due to violence against the LGBTQ+ community. It is imperative to the lives, safety, and humanity of our students and community that we no longer ignore this pressing need and push administration to prioritize the creation of an LGBTQIA resource center. The need for this space has existed since the creation of this university, but has grown even more urgent in recent years due to terrifying increases in student suicides, transphobia, and acts of violence. On March 23rd, 2016, our campus community lost Blake Brockington—a trans activist, UNCC student, educator, and community figurehead—to suicide. A year later, Sherell Faulker, a Black trans women and Charlotte resident, was found beaten to death with her body thrown into a trash can. 5 months after that, Derricka Banner, another Black trans woman, was shot and killed with her body shoved in the trunk of a car. Each of these deaths happened in our city and directly impacted our community and our university, but received little to no acknowledgement from administration about the violent impacts of queerphobia. This speaks to a massive need for us to have real conversations about the ways we’ve failed to protect transgender students and community members in the past and how we create changes to ensure the safety and comfort of our most marginalized groups. However, it’s been close to impossible to share these fears and concerns with administration, as Joshua Burford,  the assistant director of sexuality and sexual health---the only staffed liaison between LGBT students and upper-level administration--has left recently, leaving no one to advocate on the behalf of queer and transgender students and staff An LGBTQIA Resource Center would be a space of educational resources for UNCC students as well as the greater Charlotte community, but most importantly It would represent a space where UNC Charlotte’s most marginalized student populations can find safety, comfort, and solitude with one another in environments that can be isolating and unsupportive. The UNCC Safe Zone website cites isolation, low self-esteem, discrimination, and social avoidance as common issues LGBTQ+ students face. A space where students can come together to build community, learn more about one another, support each other, and feel welcomed regardless of what their identity is has the capacity to help students through these issues and many more in a way this campus desperately needs. We call on UNCC administration to create the changes needed to support students of all backgrounds find the safety and support they need to get a conducive and positive college experience.  

UNCC Spectrum
486 supporters