Banning Conversion Therapy For Minors Essay
J.B., M.B., F.P. “If you are reading this, it means that I have committed suicide and obviously failed to delete this post from my queue… When I was fourteen, I learned what transgender meant and cried of happiness… I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, … My mom started taking me to a therapist, but would only take me to Christian therapists, (who were all very biased) So I never actually got the therapy I needed to cure me of my depression. I only got more Christians telling me that I was selfish and wrong and that I should look to God for help. So they took me out of public school, took away my laptop and phone, and forbid me of getting on any sort of social media, completely isolating me from my friends. This was probably the part of my life when I was the most depressed, and I’m surprised I didn’t kill myself. I was completely alone for five months. No friends, no support, no love. Just my parent’s disappointment and the cruelty of loneliness. … That’s the gist of it, that’s why I feel like killing myself.
The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated like humans, in valid feelings and human rights. … Fix society. Please. Goodbye, (Leelah)
Josh Alcorn” (http://www.yourfieldisableist.tumblr.com, The Diary of a Neurodivergent Psychology Major)
This is Leelah Alcorn’s suicide note she posted on Tumblr on Sunday, December 27, 2014.
Conversion therapy has caused a lot of…