ICAH joined forces with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the American Psychoanalytic Association will hold a national telephonic press conference to announce a licensing board complaint being filed against a mental health professional practicing conversion therapy – a dangerous and discredited practice that advocates claim can change a person’s sexual orientation.
At the tele-press conference held on National Coming Out Day, the groups urged licensing boards and professional associations to step up efforts to end conversion therapy, which is sometimes known as reparative or “ex-gay” therapy. Yamani Hernandez, ICAH's Executive Director stated during the call:
"We organize empowered youth and allied adults toward advocacy and capacity building for accessible sexuality education and healthcare for ALL Illinois youth regardless of pregnancy or parenting status, ability, immigration status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Conversion therapy is a practice that is unethical and destructive to the health of young people"
Subsequent Press Coverage included:
The Chicago Phoenix - 'Law, health groups target Illinois 'ex-gay' services social worker with complaint'
LGBTQ Nation - 'Law, health groups target Illinois 'ex-gay' services social worker with complaint'
Windy City Times - National Roundup
Towleroad - News