Chelsea Clinton: GOP promotes “child abuse” by endorsing gay conversion therapy for kids.
The daughter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is speaking out against gay conversion therapy, the despicable attempt to force a child or young adult to reverse their sexual orientation or gender identity, often to satisfy the religious superstition and bigotry of ignorant parents.
Earlier this week, at a lunch hosted by the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT rights advocacy group, Chelsea Clinton said the GOP’s openly anti-LGBT platform “is the clarion call for all of us to do everything we can to elect my mom, and elect Democrats up and down the ticket.”
In particular, Chelsea pointed to the GOP endorsement of gay conversion therapy for kids:
I think what I found most offensive really has to be, as a mom, the open embrace of conversion therapy in the Republican Party platform ― in other words, child abuse ― to me is the clarion call for all of us to do everything we can to elect my mom, and elect Democrats up and down the ticket.
At the lunch Chelsea urged those in attendance to support her mother, Hillary Clinton, for president, so she can “finally pass the Equality Act [federal anti-discrimination legislation], so that my mom can finally ban conversion therapy.”
When I think about the world that I hope for my children, when I hope that they can be safe and secure and loved and supported and be whomever they want to be and whomever they feel called to be with whomever they want to love in their lives, that vision is at risk given what Trump and Pence are currently campaigning on.
Human Rights Campaign reports on the horrors of the discredited gay conversion therapy:
So-called “conversion therapy,” sometimes known as “reparative therapy,” is a range of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Such practices have been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades, but due to continuing discrimination and societal bias against LGBTQ people, some practitioners continue to conduct conversion therapy. Minors are especially vulnerable, and conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide.
Last year President Barack Obama defended LGBT youth by supporting a ban on conversion therapy. The official statement from the White House reads in part:
This Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors… overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm.
Huffington Post reports that during last week’s GOP convention, the Republican Party approved a despicable anti-gay platform that, among other things, advocates going back to defining marriage as between one man and woman, supports adoption agencies turning away same-sex couples, and endorses the abusive and controversial gay conversion therapy.
Earlier this week, a Seattle City Council committee unanimously passed legislation to ban the controversial practice for minors. The legislation is expected to pass at full council next week.
However, if Republicans have their way, countless children across the country will continue to be forced to endure the cruel and misguided attempts to reverse their sexual orientation or gender identity by religious bigots promoting ignorance and superstition.
Bottom line: Chelsea Clinton is right. The GOP endorsement of gay conversion therapy for kids is but one of many reasons why Hillary Clinton is the only choice in 2016.