Conversion therapy panel
On March 27, 2018, the city of Milwaukee’s Common Council voted to pass an ordinance banning the practice of so-called “conversion” therapies. The measure is the first protection of its kind for vulnerable LGBTQ+ youth in Wisconsin. Prior to the vote, FORGE hosted a panel examining the risks of conversion therapies, the ways messaging (particularly from our leaders) can affect minority stress, and ways we can affirm and support LGBTQ+ communities. Panelists included the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center’s Transgender Resource Specialist, Shelley Gregory; Member of the City of Milwaukee’s Equal Rights Commission, Tony Snell; psychologist Kim Skerven, PhD; facilitated by FORGE’s Executive Director, michael munson.