“We share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer youth,” Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president, wrote on the blog.
This statement comes in response to the petition, posted to the “We the People” page of the White House website, and prompted by the December death of a transgender teen in Ohio. Leelah Alcorn, 17-years-old, wrote in a suicide note about being “forced to attend conversion therapy” . . .
In Wednesday’s statement, President Obama said the future of LGBTQ teens requires the support of family, friends, teachers and community, and that “it depends on us — on the kind of society we engender, the kind of future we build.”
The president – whose support for social issues like gay marriage has dipped and soared in the media for nearly 20 years – put his administration on the record as stating that it believes that it is unacceptable for anyone to say that any sexual orientation or gender identity is wrong. (Read more from “President Endorses Legislation to Ban LGBTQ Conversion Therapy” HERE)