In June 2014, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) launched #BornPerfect: The Campaign to End Conversion Therapy. The goals of this five-year initiative are to pass laws across the country to protect LGBT children and young people, fight in courtrooms to ensure their safety, and raise awareness about the serious harms caused by these dangerous practices.

NCLR has been working to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy for more than 20 years. NCLR helped pass 34 municipal ordinances in several states (FL, OH, PA, NY, AZ, WA) and secured legislation protecting youth from these dangerous practices in California in 2012; New Jersey in 2013; Washington, D.C., in 2014; Oregon and Illinois in 2015; Vermont in 2016; and Connecticut, Nevada, New Mexico, and Rhode Island in 2017. NCLR also filed one of the first consumer fraud lawsuits in the country to help conversion therapy survivors recoup funds spent on the deceitful practice. Today, NCLR is working with legislators and LGBTQ leaders in dozens of other states and helping to bring similar protections to the rest of the country. We believe that every LGBT child is born perfect and that any young person’s identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender should be honored, celebrated and supported.

NCLR is committed to ending these dangerous and stigmatizing practices across the country once and for all—relegating them to the dustbin of history, and ensuring every child knows they were #BornPerfect.

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