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Mychalejko: Conversion therapy is a barbaric abuse of LGBTQ youth

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This Pride Month I ask straight cis-gendered readers to take a moment while reading this column to exercise empathy.

"Imagine if the norm was dating the same sex and you were the one that was considered the 'other,'” Leon Mopecha, an African non-binary 2017 Pennridge High School graduate, said to me. “Try to think of being sent away to [conversion therapy]. How would it make you feel? You would probably think, ‘There is nothing wrong with me. Why am I being sent away?’."

Now ask yourselves, would you like to be subjected to conversion therapy, which has included the use of shock therapy, nausea-inducing chemicals, so-called orgasmic reconditioning, as well as different methods of physical and mental coercion to change your identity and/or sexual orientation.

Never mind that this practice has been rejected by The American Psychiatric Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Medical Association on Scientific Affairs and The Pan American Health Organization.

"That someone could come up to me and say I'm crazy and that I'm broken and I need to go to like a facility for help, against my will... It's scary," said Mopecha, who uses the pronouns they/them/theirs. They just........

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