Opponents of gay conversion therapy make case to U.N.; equate forced orientation change with torture

Published: November 3, 2014

The Washington Times
Cheryl Wetzstein
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A group that opposes gay conversion therapy is trying to enlist the United Nations‘ help in outlawing the practice by equating it with torture.

Advocates with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is expected to present their issue to the U.N. Committee Against Torture around Nov. 10. The panel started its four-week-long discussion in Geneva on Monday.

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The time is long overdue for the United States to address the severe harms inflicted on young LGBT people and their families by purveyors of these dangerous and discredited practices,” said NCLR attorney Samantha Ames, who heads the group’s #BornPerfect campaign, which opposes “sexual-orientation change efforts.”

Ms. Ames and Samuel Brinton, who says he “survived” a severe version of conversion therapy as a youth, are joining the delegation of the U.S. Human Rights Network to Geneva.

LGBT refers to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

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