Ban the Harmful Practice of Conversion Therapy

Target: Jeanine Faegre, Chairperson, Rules & Ordinance Committee, Charleston City Council

Goal: Protect the LGBTQ community by banning conversion therapy in Charleston, West Virginia.

Conversion therapy remains legal in Charleston, West Virginia, as it does in dozens of cities across the south and Midwest. The city’s LGBTQ Working Group made it a goal to get city officials to ban this harmful practice. Sign the petition to show your support in their endeavor.

Conversion therapy is a harmful practice in which an individual is subjected to psychological abuse as a means of changing their sexual orientation. It has been rebuked by doctors, scientists, and human rights experts as ineffective and akin to torture. It leads to an increase in depression, suicide, and anxiety.

If the Working Group can succeed in getting the city to ban conversion therapy, Charleston would be the first city in West Virginia to do so. Already 20 states have banned the practice. Sign the petition to show your support and ask that the city council ban this harmful, dangerous, and inhumane practice.


Dear Councilwoman Faegre,

Conversion therapy has been banned in 20 states across the nation because of the harm and danger it poses to those who are forced to undergo it. Scientists and doctors deny its effectiveness and argue that it leads to depression, anxiety, and suicide.

I ask that you listen to the pleas of the Charleston LGBTQ Working Group and experts around the globe. Ban conversion therapy in Charleston and become the first municipality in the state to do so. Protect your community’s LGBTQ citizens and be a leader for other municipalities in your state to follow.


[Your Name Here]

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