WHO WE ARE
Born Perfect is a campaign to end conversion therapy through legal advocacy and awareness-raising. Born Perfect has been the catalyst that passed legislation to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy in 14 states, more than 45 cities, and counting. We are working to ensure people can be their true selves and live authentic lives.
We are all #BornPerfect.
In June 2014, NCLR launched Born Perfect, the campaign to end conversion therapy, by introducing and passing laws across the country to protect LGBTQ youth, fighting in courtrooms to ensure their safety, and raising awareness about the serious harms caused by these dangerous practices.
Few practices hurt LGBT youth more than attempts to change their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression through conversion therapy, which can cause depression, substance abuse, and even suicide.
But mental health providers continue to subject young LGBT people to these practices—also known as “reparative therapy,” “ex-gay therapy,” or “sexual orientation change efforts”—even though they have been condemned by every major medical and mental health organization in the country.
NCLR has been working to protect LGBT youth from these practices for more than 20 years, securing legislation protecting youth from these dangerous practices in California in 2012, New Jersey in 2013, Washington, D.C. in 2014, Oregon and Illinois in 2015, Vermont in 2016, and Connecticut, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island in 2017, and Washington state, Maryland, Hawaii, New Hampshire, and Delaware in 2018.
Today, we are working with legislators and LGBT leaders in dozens of other states and helping bring similar protections to the rest of the country. We believe that every LGBT child is born perfect and that any young person’s identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender should be honored, celebrated, and supported.
We are committed to ending these dangerous and stigmatizing practices across the country once and for all—relegating them to the dustbin of history, and ensuring every child knows they are #BornPerfect.
If you have been personally impacted by conversion therapy or are considering legislation in your state, connect with Born Perfect for help.