The new campaign to end gay conversion therapy

On June 24, the National Center for Lesbian Rights will announce the beginning of a campaign called #BornPerfect, an educational and legislative push to “make clear that every LGBT person is born perfect,” says Executive Director Kate Kendell. “It is now generally understood that sexual orientation cannot and should not be changed and that efforts to change it are damaging.” She believes that the time is right for the campaign, as LGBT people have become more accepted in society and medical establishments have come out against what is also called “conversion therapy.”

On June 16, the New York State Assembly voted 86 to 28 to pass a reparative-therapy ban, and though Gov. Andrew Cuomo expressed support for the bill, lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Senate blocked the measure from coming to the floor for a full vote. Had the Senate passed the bill, New York would have become the third state, after California and New Jersey, to put such a law on the books.

Opponents like Liberty Counsel, a legal organization affiliated with Liberty University, were also ready to file a lawsuit, much like those the organization filed against the California and New Jersey laws.