Conversion therapy – sometimes known as reparative or “sexual reorientation” therapy – is a dangerous practice based on the premise that people can change their sexual orientation, literally “converting” from gay to straight. Conversion therapy has been discredited or highly criticized by virtually all major American medical, psychiatric, psychological and professional counseling organizations.
People who have undergone conversion therapy have reported increased anxiety, depression, and in some cases, suicidal ideation. The devastating consequences of conversion therapy are why the Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to ending this practice and defending the rights of individuals harmed by it.
This map illustrates the pervasiveness of conversion therapy practitioners across the United States. Nearly 70 therapists currently advertise they practice conversion therapy in 20 states and the District of Columbia. We will continue to build this map with your help. Please share your story.
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Ex-Gay survivor? Speak out now...
Help shed light on the conversion therapy industry by sharing your experience with the Southern Poverty Law Center. As part of SPLC's current investigation of these harmful practices, we're asking people who have attempted such therapy, especially in recent years, to share their story of survival.
All information will be kept confidential.
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