Chelsea Clinton: GOP Is Backing ‘Child Abuse’ (VIDEO)

Chelsea Clinton came down on the bigoted GOP this week. The GOP’s platform is horribly bigoted against the LGBT community. They are still trying to advocate for conversion therapy to try and turn confused, scared LGBT children straight.

The GOP is advocating for the “First Amendment Defense Act” to allow anti-LGBT discrimination.

Chelsea Clinton had this to say about conversion therapy:

“I think what I actually found most offensive really ties into me as a mom. The open embrace of conversion therapy in the Republican Party platform ― in other words, child abuse ― to me is the clarion call for all of us to do everything we can to elect my mom, and elect Democrats up and down the ticket.”

Clinton urged Democrats to vote for her mother to stop conversion therapy. The party will:

“…Finally pass the Equality Act [federal anti-discrimination legislation], so that my mom can finally ban conversion therapy, so my mom can restore the military records of everyone that has served our country honorably.”

Conversion therapy is horrifically dangerous for the children they are trying to “convert.” These children are told that they are wrong for being who they are. They are told that their natural sexual orientation is wrong.

States such as California and New Jersey are moving to ban this therapy. In 2014, a young transgender girl, Leelah Alcorn, committed suicide because of the horrific lies she was fed at conversion therapy.

The proposed national ban on this therapy is called “Leelah’s Law.” Her parents’ reaction to her transgender identity were very damaging. She said this in her suicide note:

“When I was 14, I learned what transgender meant and cried of happiness. After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was. I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong. If you are reading this, parents, please don’t tell this to your kids. Even if you are Christian or are against transgender people don’t ever say that to someone, especially your kid. That won’t do anything but make them hate them self. That’s exactly what it did to me.”

People like this girl should never be shamed for who they are. It is not a flaw or a disease; gender identity and sexual orientation are natural things.

Check out this video. This man’s father helped to create conversion therapy:


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