For those of in the Lexington, KY area or in the general vicinity, on February 12 there will be a discussion about conversion therapy
It will take place at Memorial Hall on the University of Kentucky campus and start at 7;00 PM EST.
Leelah Alcorn's story reverberated through the nation after she committed suicide in the wake of receiving conversion therapy. Unfortunately her story is not rare. 50% of transgender youth have at least one suicide attempt prior to their 20th birthday.
According to the Trevor Project, LGBT youth who come from phobic or highly rejecting families are 8.4 times more likely to attempt or commit suicide as those who report no or low levels of rejection.
Please join the GLSO, Lexington Fairness, Lexington GSA, TransKY, UK GSA, UK LGBTQ Task Force, UK OUTsource, UK Shades of Pride, and the UK Violence Intervention and Prevention Program as we host Dr. Daniel Walinsky from the Counseling Psychology Department at UK as he educates us about conversion therapy.
After Dr. Walinsky speaks, a panel discussion will take place where the topic will be about fixing and making it safer for trans people to navigate..
For Leelah, let us begin to look within ourselves and take action, even if it is just one step. Memorial Hall's address is 610 S. Limestone St in Lexington.
Hop that people will check out what is sure to be a fascinating evening.