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Obama calls for end of conversion therapy stemming from Leelah's Law

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“Tonight, somewhere in America, a young person, let's say a young man, will struggle to fall to sleep, wrestling alone with a secret he's held as long as he can remember. Soon, perhaps, he will decide it's time to let that secret out. What happens next depends on him, his family, as well as his friends and his teachers and his community. But it also depends on us -- on the kind of society we engender, the kind of future we build.”

Those are the words of President Barack Obama after calling for the end of the practice called 'conversion therapy.'

According to White House website, conversion therapies generally refer to any practices by mental health providers that seek to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Obama's call to end these type of therapies stems from the over 120,000 signatures to enact Leelah's Law. The petition was created after Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old Kings High School student, committed suicide. Alcorn wrote in her suicide note that her parents forced her to attend conversion therapy.

"The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm," wrote Valerie Jarrett, an Obama senior adviser, on the White House's website.

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