True Stories of Conversion Therapy

When:
August 25, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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Where:
Unitarian Universaist Chruch of Roanoke
2015 Grandin Road
SW
The program is designed for parents, teachers, administrators and public health professionals who address the issues of mental health and safety in our community.
Following the documentary film, Adam Trimmer will discuss his experience with conversion therapy.  He is both a survivor of conversion therapy and a statewide advocate against the practice. In 2008, following a suicide attempt during his coming out process at the age of 18, Adam was subjected to eight months of conversion therapy in the forms of pastoral care, licensed therapy, individual and group therapy at a Richmond-based ministry, and a series of ex-gay conferences. These experiences were devastating and required years of recovery. Today, Adam is the Virginia Ambassador for Born Perfect.

Adam Trimmer, Virginia Ambassador for Born PERFECT

He works directly with lawmakers and local advocates to support protecting LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy; he has also shared his experiences with the Virginia Boards of Counseling, Social Work, and Psychology, which are adopting regulations against conversion therapy. Adam’s mother has also spoken alongside him at some of these board meetings, and they were both featured on a GLAAD Award-winning story titled “Conversion Therapy: God Only Knows” on CBS Sunday Morning in November of 2018. Adam currently lives in Prince George, Virginia.

Born Perfect was created by National Center for Lesbian Rights to end conversion therapy, with survivors at the forefront. Through legal advocacy, and the direction of their national strategist, Mathew Shurka, and now with their first ever state ambassador, Adam Trimmer, the Born Perfect Team is committed to making sure that all LGBTQ youth are protected from the life-threatening practice of “conversion therapy.“

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke welcomes all to this educational event which follows worship at 11 and a potluck meal before the 2 o’clock documentary and discussion led by Allen Trimmer. The movie and discussion will be held in the sanctuary.

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