Men and women who previously identified as LGBT gathered in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to protest the recent passage of a bill that could prohibit Americans from seeking therapy for same-sex attraction.
The Equality Act, passed by the House of Representatives in May of this year, declared that the practice of so-called “conversion therapy” is “a form of discrimination that harms LGBTQ people.” In April, the editors of National Review Online wrote that the act sets a “dangerous precedent” that may force doctors and health care practitioners to pursue pro-LGBT treatment against their own judgment.
At a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol, the 16 individuals spoke about their personal experiences with sexual orientation and attraction. One man who previously identified as gay is now married with three children. Another woman was present who used to identify as a transgender man.
“Change is possible,” one participant said.