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Prof. Shawn Markus Crincoli

Prof. Shawn Markus Crincoli

Shawn Markus Crincoli is an Associate Professor of Law at the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. He has published and lectured on a wide variety of subjects including: transgender health and the law; gender & disability in sport; regulation of the family; Jewish law; LGBTQ cultural competency; and more. He currently serves as Chair of the Legal Issues committee for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). In prior years, he has served on and chaired the...

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Ryan Kendall

Ryan Kendall

Ryan Kendall is a survivor of conversion therapy who testified about his experiences in the Proposition 8 trial and in support of legislative bans in California, New York, and New Jersey. Ryan has worked as an advocate to eliminate conversion therapy, and his work has been featured in news stories, op-eds, scholarly articles, interviews, books, and theatrical performances. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the UCLA School of Law. Ryan is currently a civil rights attorney for the...

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Peter Drake

Peter Drake

Peter Drake is a survivor of conversion therapy, Executive Director of the COIL Foundation, and father of two adult gay children. To help educate about the harms of conversion therapy, Peter has appeared on the Dr. Oz show and testified in the California State Senate. He has served on many nonprofit boards and currently serves on the boards of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the Grace Cathedral, and the Tyler Clementi Foundation. He graduated from Stanford University and Business School...

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Mathew Shurka

Mathew Shurka

Mathew Shurka is a conversion therapy survivor and Co-Founder of Born Perfect, a campaign that has become a global movement to end conversion therapy. Mathew leads the campaign alongside a team of lawyers and other conversion therapy survivors committed to protect LGBTQ+ people through legislation, litigation, and public education. During his five years of conversion therapy from ages 16-21, Mathew endured many different types of fraudulent and scientifically discredited “treatments” that he...

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Kimberly Inez McGuire

Kimberly Inez McGuire

Kimberly Inez McGuire is a reproductive justice leader and queer Latina with nearly a decade of experience in government relations, movement building, and strategic communications. As Director of Public Affairs for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Kimberly advocates for salud, dignidad, y justicia (health, dignity, and justice) for the nation’s more than 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities. Kimberly develops and implements intersectional policy change and...

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Dr. Judith Glassgold

Dr. Judith Glassgold

Dr. Judith Glassgold, PsyD is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience with LGBTQ affirmative therapy and advocacy. She was chair of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation and lead author of the Task Force landmark report concluding that sexual orientation conversion efforts were ineffective.

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Rev. Debra W. Haffner

Rev. Debra W. Haffner

The Rev. Debra W. Haffner is the President and CEO of the Religious Institute, a national multi-faith organization that advocates for sexual health, education, and justice in America’s faith communities. A certified sexuality educator, she is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and also serves as the endorsed community minister at The Unitarian Church in Westport, CT. She formerly served as the President and CEO of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)...

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Deb Cuny

Deb Cuny

Dev Cuny is a survivor of conversion therapy and holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Graduate Theological Union. After years of rejection from the church because of their sexuality and gender expression, Dev’s own experience of spiritual abuse led them to seek healing for themselves and others through activism and ministries aimed at ending the harm Dev experienced as a young person in the church. Dev is a restorative justice and social emotional learning professional working to disrupt...

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Dr. Caitlin Ryan

Dr. Caitlin Ryan

Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW is a clinical social worker and researcher who has worked on LGBTQ health and mental health for 40 years and has done foundational research on family acceptance and rejection among LGBTQ youth, including conversion change efforts. She directs the Family Acceptance Project at SF State University – an initiative that uses a research-based intervention approach to help ethnically and religiously diverse families support their LGBTQ children in their families, cultures, and...

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Bill Bettencourt

Bill Bettencourt

Bill Bettencourt, Senior Associate with the Center for the Study of Social Policy, leads CSSP’s get R.E.A.L. initiative, which works to improve healthy sexual and identity development for those involved in the child welfare system. He has over forty years of experience in social work including being the former Child Welfare Director in San Francisco County, leading child welfare reform efforts nationally as a senior consultant with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and leading system improvement...

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