Target: Discovery Communications, Inc. CEO David M. Zaslav
Goal: Don’t air anti-LBGT TV special promoting dangerous and ineffective “gay conversion therapy”
An anti-LBGT reality TV special promoting the idea that “conversion therapy” works has been scheduled on the TLC television network. The show, titled “My Husband’s Not Gay,” promotes the belief that therapy can change someone’s sexual orientation. Not only has this kind of therapy been rejected by the American Psychiatric Association, it’s considered dangerous to the psychological health of the LGBT individuals who are subjected to it, whether willingly or by coercion.
Fueled by the belief that being transgender or pursuing same-sex relationships is condemned by the Christian Bible, some Christians encourage LBGT individuals to attend conversion therapy in an attempt to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. Not only is this “therapy” widely ineffective, it’s teaches the individual that who they are is fundamentally wrong. This tends to lead to deep self-loathing, depression, and in too many cases, suicide.
So many lives have been lost because LGBT individuals find themselves in an intolerant environment where they’re told that who they are is wrong and worthy of condemnation. A TV special that promotes the idea that this kind of abuse can turn someone straight will only increase the risk of more suicides and cannot be tolerated. Demand that TLC cancel this dangerous TV special and refuse to air anything like it in the future.
Dear Mr. Zaslav,
Your network is planning on airing a reality special titled “My Husband’s Not Gay,” which is intended to promote the idea that “conversion” therapy is effective. Conversion therapy, which has been called unethical by the American Psychiatric Association, is the practice of attempting to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. In practice, it’s always used to attempt to turn someone straight or convince someone not to live as transgender.
Many medical associations in the U.S. alone have condemned conversion therapy as not only ineffective and unsupported by the facts, but dangerous to the individuals subjected to it. There is serious evidence linking this kind of treatment to suicide. LGBT persons in the U.S. are already four times as likely as their peers to commit suicide, and a large part of this is because they’re so often told that who they are is fundamentally wrong.
Airing this TV special would not only be highly unethical as it puts forth false information, its promotion of conversion therapy could lead to more LGBT youth being forced into this damaging treatment, and therefore lead to even more suicides. If you do not want to be responsible for the preventable loss of young life, please immediately cancel “My Husband’s Not Gay” and reject any further programming that promotes the idea that conversion therapy works.
[Your Name Here]
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