An important look at the continuing problem of conversion therapy and some groups, like the UK’s National Health Service, resisting people’s self identification as trans.
Conversion therapy has been shown to have as much scientific basis as magic mirrors, so why is it still acceptable to offer it to the trans community? Content Notes for suicide, transphobia and homophobia.
A year ago, many people were startled out of their post Christmas fug by the news of a suicide. A young trans woman, only 17 years old, had killed herself. She was far from the first trans person to commit suicide; research consistently shows how vulnerable, and unsupported this group is. Perhaps it was the very fact it was Christmas, as much as her youth and eloquence, that brought so much attention to this particular death. We all carry ideas of the myth of Christmas, surrounded by family, a time of joy and happiness, but for many trans young people the reality is so very different.
Leelah Alcorn was sent to a Christian Counsellor who offered…
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