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White House backs banning gay conversion therapy for minors
White House backs banning gay conversion therapy for minors

The Obama administration spoke out Wednesday against using so-called conversion therapy on minors, saying the practice, in which mental health providers try to change a person's sexuality or gender identity, "is neither medically nor ethically appropriate." The stance came in response to an online petition with more than 120,000 signatures seeking a ban on such therapy. The petition was started Jan. 3 on the White House’s website, days after Leelah Alcorn, a transgender 17-year-old, committed suicide. In her suicide note, the teen said that, among other measures, her parents took her to religious therapists who refused to accept her identity as a girl. ...

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