Jenna Ellis, senior legal advisor to Donald Trump, retweeted an article that promotes conversion therapy.
Ellis, an attorney by trade as well as an evangelical Christian, shared a story by The Public Discourse called “The Empirical Case Against ‘Conversion-Therapy’ Bans” that argues against a new bill in Canada that would ban the disproven notion that an LGBTQ+ person can become heterosexual by way of therapy, prayer, and in some cases, forced psychological torture.
“No, sexual orientation is not immutable,” she wrote in the since deleted tweet. “One large, longitudinal study found that over 80% of same-sex-behaved adolescents became exclusively heterosexually behaved after six years.”
The article that Ellis shared also argued that people could turn queer because of childhood sexual abuse, which is also untrue, and tries to connect LGBTQ+ identities to family dysfunction.
The truth is psychologists worldwide have said that LGBTQ+ people cannot change their gender identity or sexual orientation through means of conversion therapy. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association opposes such treatment and describes any attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation as unethical.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Ellis has made incredibly homophobic arguments.
In the past, Ellis has called HIV “God’s moral law and his supremacy.” She’s also criticized judges for decriminalizing homosexuality in the state of Texas.
Furthermore, after the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016, which left 49 murdered and 53 injured, Ellis criticized her own Republican party for embracing LGBTQ+ rights in a blog post called “Two Wrongs Do Not Make an LGBT Right.”
“Just because we are all heartbroken (and indeed we are) that 50 Americans lost their lives does not mean that America, conservatives, or Christians should become activists for homosexuality or any other immorality,” she wrote. “I didn’t see the Left suddenly become Christian activists after Charleston and try to welcome Christians or even stand up for what actually is a fundamental Right — free exercise of religion — specifically enumerated in the First Amendment, thereby protected against federal government infringement."
Oh, bless her heart...