Conversion Therapy is Still Happening

Conversion therapy is #stillhappening

Though called by different names, the practice of attempting to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity is still happening, and its effects have been catastrophic. That’s why Equality Utah is working with the Utah Legislature, mental health organizations, and parents to end the practice of conversion therapy on minors in Utah.


Survivors Stories

The cost of conversion therapy is real. Utah minors are at risk. Caring parents and advocates are coming together to stop this harmful practice in our state. The following are stories of real survivors.

  • Benji
    “They told me to look at pictures of body builders and drink ipecac syrup.”
  • Nathan
    “The Therapist told me I didn't have enough upper body strength.”
  • Justin
    “Over time my therapist introduced false repressed memories...”
  • Suicidal Thoughts
    Suicidal Thoughts
    “I remember feeling scared I would do something I would regret.”
  • Discredited Therapy
    Discredited Therapy
    “Patients subjected to Conversion Therapy experience high rates of depression...”
  • Protect Utah's Youth
    Protect Utah's Youth
    “Conversion Therapy is alive and well in Utah...”
Produced by TWIG Media Lab in partnership with Equality Utah.

The Facts

A 2018 study from Dr. Caitlin Ryan at the Family Acceptance Project at
San Francisco State University found that among LGBTQ youth,

“attempts to change sexual orientation during adolescence were associated with elevated young adult depressive symptoms and suicidal behavior, and with lower levels of young adult life satisfaction, social support, and socioeconomic status.”

In particular, the study found that LGBTQ youth who reported that parents and therapists had subjected them to conversion therapy experienced:

more than double the rate of depression (52%)
nearly triple the rate of suicide attempts (63%).

A 2009 report from the American Psychological Association Task Force on conversion therapy found that survivors of this practice reported:

The conclusions of the APA’s report stated:

The Williams Institute at UCLA estimates

LGBTQ adults (ages 18-59) in U.S.
have received Conversion Therapy,

of which

received it as adolescents.

Conversion Therapy continues to be condemned by every medical and mental health organization in the United States and abroad, including:

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American College of Physicians
American Counseling Association
American Group Psychotherapy Association
American Medical Association
American Mental Health Counselors Organization
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
American School Counselor Association
American School Health Association
National Association of School Psychologists
National Association of Social Workers
School Social Work Association of America


Get Involved

HB 399 focuses on preventing state-licensed practitioners from engaging in these discredited practices.