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Few practices hurt LGBTQ+ folks more than attempts to change their sexual orientation or gender identity through conversion “therapy,” which has been linked to an increase in the likelihood of depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation.
According to the UCLA Williams Institute, nearly 700,000 LGBTQ+ adults in the U.S. have received conversion therapy, with about half of them receiving treatment as adolescents.
While conversion therapy laws do prohibit licensed mental health practitioners from subjecting LGBTQ+ minors to harmful conversion practices, these laws do not restrict the practice among religious providers.
In Alaska, only the Municipality of Anchorage has an ordinance prohibiting conversion therapy for minors.
Identity, Inc. is committed to ending these dangerous and stigmatizing practices, ensuring LGBTQ+ youth know their SOGIE identities are valid and deserve to be celebrated. We offer support spaces like Q – club and GECA, which provide community and connection for LGBTQ+ folks across Alaska; feel free to join us!
For a more in-depth analysis of conversion therapy laws, check out Movement Advancement Project’s (MAP) LGBT Policy Spotlight Report: Conversion Therapy Bans, or check out this suicide facts and resources article.
Last updated 10/21/21