Trevor Project reacts to court decision dismissing ‘conversion therapy’ ban challenge


NEW YORK — The Trevor Project celebrated a federal court decision in Maryland dismissing a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on “conversion therapy.”

On Friday, according to NBC OUT, U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow’s ruling on rejected psychotherapist Christopher Doyle’s claims that the law violates his First Amendment rights to free speech and religious freedom. The judge said prohibiting the practice doesn’t prevent licensed therapists from expressing their personal views about conversion therapy.

“We’re grateful for another strong decision rejecting the claims of conversion therapists to have a right to harm LGBTQ youth,” said Sam Brinton, head of advocacy and government affairs for The Trevor Project, in a press release. “We were proud to file an amicus brief in this case sharing our experience of supporting LGBTQ youth who reach out to The Trevor Project for support because of the harms caused by conversion therapy.”

The Trevor Project’s 50 Bills 50 States campaign works to introduce legislation to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy in every state in the country.  It was represented in this matter by pro bono counsel from Gibson Dunn, including Stuart Delery, Douglas Dreier, Lora MacDonald, Corey Singer, and Dione Garlick.