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Smart Talk 12/19/2016: Pittsburgh's 'Conversion Therapy' Ban

Smart Talk 12/19/2016: Pittsburgh's 'Conversion Therapy' Ban

Conversion therapy is a non-scientific technique used to change the sexual orientation of people who identify as being gay. It is widely discredited among the medical community including the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Medical Association.
Supporters base their arguments on Biblical verse they feel dictates opposition to homosexuality.
Last year, the White House issued a statement declaring "As part of our dedication to protecting America's youth, this Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors."
Conversion Therapy can be especially dangerous for adolescents as they are pressured or forced into the process by parents and religious organizations opposed to homosexuality. The administrators of the "therapy" are unlicensed and use unapproved techniques with no grounding in scientific reality.
The issue has been lifted to the forefront of LGBT+ co