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Community Advocacy: Discussing Conversion Therapy

Virtual Event
March 18, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the Indy Pride Education Series for for a community discussion on Conversion Therapy featuring a panel of distinguished guests.

Conversion therapy is any practice that attempts to convert a person who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer towards heterosexuality or cisgender identity. The practice is illegal in 20 states however, the practice is still legal in the state of Indiana.

In 1974, the American Psychiatric Association determined that “homosexuality” is not an illness. It has been removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Many other professional and medical organizations have denounced the practice of conversion therapy.

This has sparked a conversation in Indiana and nationwide about what exactly conversion therapy is, the history of the practice, and its impact on the LGBTQ community. In January, Senator J. D. Ford, introduced a senate bill in the legislature that, if passed, would ban conversion therapy for people under the age of 18 years old.

This community advocacy discussion will be moderated by Addison Smith (they/she), Director of Education at Indy Pride.

We are grateful for the participation of our distinguished panelists for this event:

  • V “Rabbit” Childs, M.A. (she/hers)
  • Senator J. D. Ford (he/his), Indiana District 29
  • Yaritsa Perez (any pronouns with respect), Youth and Training Specialist at Indiana Youth Group
  • Patrick Sammon (he/his), Co-Director of CURED Documentary


Have questions that you want the panelists to discuss during the event? Submit your questions here or place them in the comment box during the event.


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? If you would like to request an ASL interpreter for the event, please send an email to [email protected]


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