A recent New York Times article reported that President Obama, in response to the recent suicide of a young transgender woman, offered an official government statement calling for the ban of reparative therapy. In addition there is a white house petition currently being circulated as well.
On Sunday, December 27, 2014, Leelah Alcorn a 17 year old transgender youth wrote a suicide note, posted it on Tumblr and then walked in front of a semi-truck tragically ending her life. Leelah explained how her parents had forced her to attend conversion therapy, pulled her out of school and isolated her in an attempt to change her gender identity. Although it is late for us to acknowledge the damage caused by reparative therapy…better late than never! How many more young people will have to die before we learn this lesson?