Hi everyone,


Shalonda Ingram here.  I recently co-authored a study published in the American Journal of Public Health that looked at the disturbing trend of conversion therapy among transgender and non-binary (TNB) youth. 

What is conversion therapy?

Conversion therapy, also known as Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Change Efforts (SOGEI Change Efforts), refers to practices that attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Major medical and mental health organizations have widely discredited these practices, and can have serious negative consequences for LGBTQ+ youth, including depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.


Our study found that TNB youth of color are “disproportionately” impacted by conversion therapy.  Our LGBTQ+ youth, especially those who are already facing marginalization due to their race or ethnicity, deserve our love, support, and protection.

Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Educate yourself about the dangers of conversion therapy. 
  • Support organizations working to end conversion therapy.
  • Advocate for policies that ban conversion therapy.
  • Let LGBTQ+ youth know you see them and support their identities.


Together, we can create a world where all youth feel safe and supported to be who they are.


By working together, we can make a difference!


With gratitude and light,

Shalonda Ingram


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