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77,000 American LGBT kids subjected to 'conversion therapy'

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Health Desk: 26 January 2018: An estimated 77,000 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) children in the US are subjected to conversion therapy from psychological or spiritual interventions before they turn 18, claims new research.

Conversion therapy is an effort to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity and is grounded in the belief that being lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans-gendered is abnormal.

Approximately 20,000 LGBT children between the ages of 13 and 17 will receive this intervention from a licensed health care professional, while 57,000 youth will receive it from a religious or spiritual adviser, according to a new study by UCLA School of Law.

'I was surprised to see that the percentage of LGBT people who had received conversion therapy from a licensed health care professional as adolescents was consistent across the three age groups from whom data were collected,' Christy Mallory, lead author of the study, said.

Mallory, the state and local policy director at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, also found that nearly 700,000 LGBT adults between 18 and 59 years old have received conversion therapy, including 350,000 adults who received them as teens.

 

Courtesy: Daily Mail