SAVE has the momentum across South Florida to end the practice of abusive anti-LGBTQ "conversion therapy" -- but our elected officials need to hear from YOU on this critical issue. >>
Tell your elected officials: end the practice of so-called LGBT conversion "therapy" in Florida! Click here add your name now. >>
We have also succeeded in moving bans forward in Miami led by Commissioner Francis Suarez and in North Bay Village led by Mayor Connie Leon Kreps.
Also known as “reparative therapy,” the practice of so-called conversion "therapy" is actually not a clinically tested medical therapy at all. This so-called "therapy" is really a dangerous and discredited practice that falsely claims to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Such practices have been condemned by every mainstream medical and mental health organization as bordering on torture, but due to continuing societal bias against LGBTQ people, practice of so-called "conversion therapy" continues without any legal consequence.
Minors are especially vulnerable to the dangers of this sham "cure" for being LGBTQ, and the use of so-called conversion "therapy," especially in LGBTQ kids and teens, has been tragically shown to lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, self-harm and suicide.
SAVE's campaign to outlaw so-called conversion therapy at the local level comes as a result of the Florida legislature's failure to pass HB137 -- a bill filed by Miami Beach's own outspoken LGBTQ advocate State Representative David Richardson -- which would have outlawed conversion therapy statewide.
In the face of such inaction on conversion therapy, SAVE teamed up with Rep. Richardson and turned instead to local lawmakers to do the work that the legislature refused. Click HERE to join SAVE in demanding that elected officials across Florida outlaw the abusive practice of conversion therapy. >>
So called "conversion therapy" finds its basis in the prejudiced and outdated view that being LGBTQ is a mental illness in need of treatment. Of course, we know today that being LGBTQ is not a disease, and that sexual orientation and gender identity are psychological traits that generally cannot be changed.
This bold new campaign is only possible because of engaged citizens like you making your voices heard -- and we will only succeed by speaking together with one voice, in favor of outlawing this abusive practice.