Anti-LGTBQ 'Conversion Therapy' Fundraisers Are Still Alive and Well on GoFundMe - 2020-09-04
VICE News found at least 20 recent fundraisers on GoFundMe that seek to pay for someone's conversion therapy, practices designed to change a person's sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Many of the descriptions of these fundraisers suggest that the organizer might be a teenager, a college student, or still living with their parents—or were, until they were kicked out. Some also indicate that they're being pressured by their families.
"Over the last few years I've been having temptations to have romantic and sexual relationships with woman [sic]," wrote one organizer who said they were from the United Kingdom. "I'm disgusted in my own skin and my whole family has thrown me out for my selfish decisions."
These fundraisers, which often ask for something in the range of $1,000 to $5,000, have drawn next to no donations. At least a few are clearly not serious. But conversion therapy can be deadly: Multiple studies have uncovered that trying to change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity not only doesn't work but also can send their risk of suicide skyrocketing.