Earth & Conservation

The Dark History Of Gay Conversion Therapy

Since its start in the 1920s, gay conversion therapy has drawn considerable criticism from human rights groups. So why is it still legal?

Gay conversion therapy aims to turn gay, lesbian or transgender individuals into heterosexuals. Patients are predominantly minors or young adults and many are forced or pressured into it.

Just this month, the tiny island of Malta became the first European nation to outlaw gay conversion therapy. Evidence increasingly shows that it can cause serious medical and psychological harm, but it still occurs here in the U.S. and around the world.

What exactly is gay conversion therapy and how did it get put into practice? Watch today's Seeker Daily video to find out.

Learn More:

CBS: Judge orders New Jersey "gay conversion" nonprofit to close

The Guardian: Prayer and pain: why gay conversion therapy is still legal despite dangers

The Washington Post: A lot of states are trying to ban gay conversion therapy for kids. Guess which one is doing the opposite?