The movement to ban conversion therapy for minors is the most successful legislative campaign in the movement today, with 20 states and more than 85 localities enacting bans since California became the first state to do so in 2012. But as this campaign gains momentum, anti-LGBTQ groups have escalated their opposition, bringing new federal lawsuits seeking to invalidate these lifesaving protections and launching a counter-legislative campaign to immunize conversion therapists from any legal accountability. At the same time, efforts to find a way to challenge religiously-based conversion therapy counseling have taken on new urgency, as this branch of the conversion therapy movement continues to grow and take on new forms. This workshop will explain the latest legal arguments being used to attack conversion therapy laws, new efforts to pass legislation protecting conversion therapists, and new strategies to combat religiously-based conversion therapy.
Speakers: Adam K. Hersh (Selendy & Gay PLLC); Xavier Persad (Human Rights Campaign); Casey Pick (The Trevor Project); Diego Sanchez (PFLAG); Mathew Shurka (Born Perfect/National Center for Lesbian Rights)