Paul Praises President Obama’s Call to End Conversion Therapy

Philadelphia, April 9, 2015—City Council At-Large candidate Paul Steinke issued the following statement on President Obama’s call for the end of “conversion therapy” for gay and transgender youth.

“All children deserve to be cared for, nurtured, and guided by loving adults. Unfortunately, too many LGBT youth experience rejection and hate from their peers, their communities and even their families. And in the case of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn, this resulted in her tragic death,” said Steinke, who if elected would become the first openly LGBT member of Philadelphia City Council.

“Society has a responsibility to all children, and government should not condone misguided and destructive treatment of LGBT youth performed under the guise of ‘conversion therapy,” Steinke continued. “I commend President Obama for taking yet another major step this week toward ensuring full equality for LGBT people in America.

“I also thank Representative Brian Sims and others in the General Assembly for introducing legislation to ban ‘conversion therapy,’ which has been discredited and denounced by the medical community,” Steinke added. “If I am fortunate enough to be elected to Philadelphia City Council, I will fight every day to ensure that our City leads the nation in liberty and equality for all.”