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Monday, October 24, 2016

White House Video Features LGBT Officials Against Conversion Therapy

White House Video Features LGBT Officials Against Conversion Therapy

The White House is reiterating its public opposition to so-called “conversion” or “reparative” therapies for LGBT youth, in a new video posted Friday on YouTube.

The administration responded this week to a petition that was submitted on the White House’s website. Signatories called for a ban, entitled “Leelah’s Law” in response to the suicide of a transgender teenager in Ohio this past December. Leelah’s suicide note attracted widespread attention online for its descriptions of isolation and being forced into negative therapies by her parents.

The video features gay and transgender officials in the Obama administration itself, such as Amanda Simpson, executive director of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, who is transgender. “Conversion therapy can be called many things — we used to call things like this ‘brainwashing’ or ‘reprogramming,'” says Simpson. “It’s all about making people conform to the way things are. But if society is to grow, we need to move beyond the way things are, to the way things should be — the way things ought to be.”

President Obama’s senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, who wrote the White House’s official statement in favor of banning the controversial practices, is also featured in the video.

“The purpose of why we’re here is to improve the lives of the American people — and to let people know that they’re not alone,” said Jarrett. “We care about our young people, and we all have a responsibility to make sure that they grow up healthy, and that they thrive, and that they can reach their dreams. And that should be available to every young person, regardless of who they love, what their sexual orientation is, or what their gender identity is.”

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  • CrankyToo

    I’m gonna go out on a limb here and suggest that this article is really going to get the National Memo wingnuts scurrying like the cockroaches they are.

  • Dominick Vila

    Half a century ago we accused the evil Soviet Union of reprogramming, today it is us that engage in this practice all in the name of an elusive Lord we should all avoid like the pest. Conversion therapy to change the behavior of those afflicted by a biological issue is as perverse as the worst practices employed by the Soviets, the Third Reich, and the Inquisitors.

    • charleo1

      A clear insight into the kind of Country some would create, if given the power to do so. If we follow leaders who see weather events as God’s wrath for Gay pride parades. How long before amulets, and exorcisions replace medical science?And Education is replaced by mysticism, fear and ignorance? And we join our tribal cousins in their rejection of modernity?

  • beulahmo

    How wonderful! This isn’t just “feel good” fluff — this is seriously, truly helpful, and it means so much to the young people whom the folks in this video have in mind. Bless them for this!

  • Elop Dev

    To understand Obama, you must first understand that he considers himself a marxist revolutionary.

    • Really?