Groups are still pushing "conversion" or "ex-gay" therapy — which attempts to turn LGBT people straight or cisgender — and pouring money into promoting the dangerous practice.
The latest billboard appeared this week in Waco, Tex., according to the Houston Chronicle. "Ex-Gays prove change is possible," the billboard reads, with a beaming man's face appearing next to the words.
Numerous mental health groups have condemned "conversion therapy," including the American Psychological Association, and warned it can contribute to depression, anxiety, drug abuse, homelessness, and suicidal ideation. California, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, and Vermont have all made it illegal for minors to be exposed to the fradulent practice.
The Waco billboard was not greeted warmly by everyone in the conservative central Texas city. Charley Garrison, a minister of the LGBT-affirming Central Texas Metropolitan Community Church, vowed to hold a Pride event at the site of the sign. Others have countered "ex-gay" billboards by erecting affirming signs challenging the message of "ex-gay" supporters.