Thursday, April 09, 2015

White House Supports National Ban on LGBTQ Conversion Therapy

The White House has announced that the Administration supports a national ban on sexual orientation conversion therapy for minors.  In an Official White House Response to a petition on We the People website, senior advisor Valerie Jarrett wrote in part:
When assessing the validity of conversion therapy, or other practices that seek to change an individual’s gender identity or sexual orientation, it is as imperative to seek guidance from certified medical experts. The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm.
As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.
New York Times reporting on Jarrett's response also reported that an “all-gender restroom” has been created in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to provide an additional option for transgender individuals working on the White House staff who are not comfortable using either the men’s or women’s restrooms.