For decades, the industry that claims to help “troubled” teens and to “cure” LGBT kids through residential
schools, camps and wilderness programs, has operated with less regulation and oversight than nail salons.
Thousands of children have been abused by these programs. Hundreds are reported to have died.
We’ve heard from survivors forced to endure torture techniques that include food and water deprivation,
physical abuse (beatings, electric shocks, hard labor), and weeks of solitary confinement in windowless cells.
We’ve also heard from devastated parents whose children died in these programs.
Every day, staff at the Los Angeles LGBT Center see the consequences of parents sending their LGBT kids to
these programs to be “cured” or because their sexual orientation or gender identity must mean they’re “troubled.”
Please join our national campaign to finally regulate this industry. In California we’re sponsoring state
Senator Ricardo Lara’s “Protecting Youth from Institutional Abuse Act” (SB 524) to provide oversight of these programs
in California—with no exemption for faith-based groups. Nationally we’re working with U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff and other
leaders in Congress to introduce, and finally pass, federal legislation.