Conversion Therapy Survivor Caucus Is Part of Creating Change 2020

The Conversion Therapy Dropout Network (CTDN) has announced that they will be holding the first Conversion Therapy Survivor Caucus at the Creating Change Conference in January 2020.

The 2020 Creating Change Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, January 15 through Sunday, January 19 in Dallas, Texas.

Each year Creating Change, run by the National LGBTQ Task Force, holds caucuses for the various intersections of the LGBTQ community; creating opportunities for thousands of committed people to develop and hone their activist skills, build community, and inspire. The primary goal of the Creating Change Conference is to build the LGBTQ movement’s political power from the ground up to secure the overarching goal of full freedom, justice, and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in the United States.

Clare Killman, CTDN Board Director Photo: @clarekillman Instagram
Curtis Galloway, CTDN Founder/President
Photo: Curtis Galloway

This year, they are adding the Conversion Therapy Survivor Caucus to the program. CTDN Board Director, Clare Killman and Founder, Curtis Galloway are excited to share their caucus with the community.

CTDN’s caucus is important for many reasons; including giving space to those who have previously not had space at Creating Change, opening the door to conversations among survivors, and giving survivors who have stayed hidden a chance to reach out to others who understand their trauma. Conversion therapy is a currently a hot topic worldwide, and the need for advocacy support is urgent.

“Knowing other survivors and sharing their experiences helps them heal from the trauma they endured.”

Approximately 700,00 LGBT people have been subjected to conversion therapy and 22,000 youth will be subjected to a form of the practice also known as “reparative therapy,” before they turn 18 years old, according to a study from the Williams Institute.

Conversion Therapy Protestors Photo courtesy of the Associated Press

Conversion Therapy Dropout Network is a support group for survivors of conversion therapy formed in March 2019 to provide a space for conversion therapy survivors (dropouts) to heal and find solace in knowing they are not alone.

“Knowing other survivors and sharing their experiences helps them heal from the trauma they endured,” Galloway told Q Voice News.

As a small and new 501c3 nonprofit, CTDN relies solely on the generosity of individual donors for financial support. In order to make the trip to Creating Change they are estimating it will take $2,500. This includes transportation, airfare, sleeping accommodations, and registration. They are asking for help. Please, consider giving to the cause so that they can continue their important work with those affected by conversion therapy.

You can show your support at Conversion Therapy Dropout Network’s fundraiser for Creating Change.


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