Gay conversion therapy is a practice primarily administered to children under 18 that purports the ability to change a person’s sexual orientation from gay to straight. Innumerable scientific studies have shown sexuality to be predetermined prior to birth, not something that anyone chooses or can be changed. This practice has been discredited by virtually all psychological and scientific organizations, showing that while this practice cannot change someone’s sexuality, it can do irreparable harm to an already marginalized group by the use of aversion therapy involving nudity and intimate touching, violent role play, reenactments of abuse and deprivation. In essence, parents send their children to torture the gay away, which doesn’t work.
The purpose of me making this quilt is not to challenge anyone’s religious beliefs. I get it, some folks think being gay is a sin. I would politely disagree since I did not choose this and consider myself to be both moral and of sound mind. However, I am trying to educate since many folks who I’ve chatted with about this practice do not know that it’s something that is legally practiced in 2019. Many former leaders of “Ex-Gay” Organizations has subsequently come out as gay and are now standing in opposition of this brutal practice.
Conversion Therapy Map Quilt
The initial layer of this quilt is an appliqued rainbow of what the United States should be, where everyone can live their truth without fear of persecution and where kids won’t be tortured because their own truth challenges their parent’s value system. This layer was quilted by Jason Bieber of Kingfisher Quilt Company, who individualized the topography of various states based on landmarks in each area.
Below is the current state of conversion therapy in the United States. I basted grayed out versions of each state where the practice is still legal and intend to remove the gray state once it is banned. 18 states and Washington D.C. have banned this practice on minors, with some municipalities in the other states also banning the practice. Utah is set to be the 19th State to ban the practice in January of 2020.
If you are in one of these gray states, please contact your legislators, senators, governor to let them know they should ban this practice in your state. Here is an interactive link to find out who to contact and what legislation is up for discussion. https://www.equalityfederation.org/lac/conversiontherapy/
Additionally, Born Perfect is an organization with a mission “To end conversion therapy and ensures that every child knows that they are born perfect.” You can join the movement and make donations on their page.
Being a parent myself, unconditional love is the easiest thing that I provide to my daughter. No child should be tortured for discovering their truth. Please help any way that you can.