Moved by Leelah’s story, President Obama calls for end to ‘conversion therapies’

obama conversion therapyLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said President Barack Obama was moved by the tragic story of trans woman Leelah Alcorn and has called for the end of conversion therapies — the type of therapy that triggered the suicide of Leelah.

In a statement posted along side a 120,000-signature petition to end conversion therapies on a White House website, Jarrett wrote:

“We share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer youth. As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.”

In addition, an “all-gender restroom” will be created in the space where many White House staffers work, offering an additional choice for trans people.


“Conversion” or “reparative” therapy lacks solid scientific backing, but is the therapy of choice by conservative leaders.

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3 replies

  1. It’s about time that someone put the kibosh on conversion therapies. Thank you President Obama.


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