Obama To Call For End To “Conversion Therapy” For Gay, Transgender Youth.

On its front page, the New York Times (4/9, Shear, Subscription Publication) reports that “President Obama this week will call for an end to…psychiatric therapies aimed at ‘repairing’ gay, lesbian and transgender youth, White House officials said.” The Times adds that “in a statement that was to be posted on Wednesday evening…Mr. Obama condemned the psychiatric practice, sometimes called ‘conversion’ or ‘reparative’ therapy, which is supported by some socially conservative organizations and religious” physicians.

The Los Angeles Times (4/9, Parker) reports, “The stance came in response to an online petition with more than 120,000 signatures seeking a ban on such therapy.”

TIME (4/9) reports, “By taking a stance on the practice…the Administration is following the recommendations by a number of major medical institutions.”

The AP (4/9, Pace) reports that “the American Psychiatric Association has long opposed conversion therapy, which the organization says is based on the assumption that homosexuality is a mental disorder.”

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— “Obama Calls for End to ‘Conversion’ Therapies for Gay and Transgender Youth,”Michael Shear, The New York Times, April 08, 2015.

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