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The Role of Parents in Protecting Youth from Conversion Therapy
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 4: Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Mary Lou Williams AB
There are nearly 700,000 LGBTQ survivors of conversion therapy; 20,000 LGBTQ youth are at risk of receiving conversion therapy from a licensed mental health professional in the next few years. Although every major medical organization has declared that conversion therapy is a discredited and dangerous practice, The Trevor Project witnesses its harm to LGBTQ youth every week. The Trevor Project is working to address the harms of conversion therapy through its “50 Bills 50 States” campaign. With legislation, litigation, and public education components, parents have a special role to play in the effort to protect LGBTQ youth. In this session, you’ll learn the history of conversion therapy, the latest research on its harms, and the best ways to advocate for protections against it.
Samuel Brinton, The Trevor Project
Sam strives to be one of the world’s leading advocates for LGBTQ youth. They are the founder of the 50 Bills 50 States campaign at The Trevor Project. As a survivor of conversion therapy, Sam has spearheaded efforts to submit legislation and promote public education in the hopes of ending the practice on our most vulnerable youth. They have co-chaired the National Center for Lesbian Rights #BornPerfect Advisory Committee on conversion therapy and have spoken before the United Nations and Congress as well as testified on legislation to protect LGBTQ youth across the country. They have been featured in numerous media including a recent viral New York Times. Sam uses they, them, or theirs as their pronouns as a bisexual genderfluid person.
Casey Pick, The Trevor Project
As Senior Fellow for Advocacy and Government Affairs, Casey Pick helps lead The Trevor Project's work advancing policies and positions that support LGBTQ youth in crisis, especially the 50 Bills 50 States campaign to end conversion therapy. Her responsibilities include educating policymakers and the public about LGBTQ youth/mental health issues, analyzing and drafting legislation, filing amicus briefs, and testifying in support of vital legislation to protect LGBTQ youth. Casey holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Claremont McKenna College and a juris doctorate from the UCLA School of Law, where she served as an Articles Editor for the Dukeminier Awards Journal of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law. Recently, the National LGBT Bar Association named her one of 2019's “Best 40 LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40.” Casey’s pronouns are she, her, and hers.
Troy Stevenson, The Trevor Project
Troy Stevenson currently serves as campaign manager for The Trevor Project’s 50 Bills 50 States campaign. Troy is a nationally recognized civil rights advocate, having served as Executive Director of both Garden State Equality - in NJ - and Freedom Oklahoma, both statewide LGBTQ rights organizations, as well as serving on the board of directors for numerous local and national organizations. Troy is an OK native and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in political science, before earning a law degree from the University of Westminster in London. Troy's pronouns are he, him, and his.