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Rod Alonso

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Rod is Equality Florida's Miami Dade Development Officer

Rod was born in Cuba but never lived there. He grew up in Venezuela where he learned how difficult it is to be different from others. As a result, he committed himself to help people who fear opening up about their sexual orientation.

Former "Ex-Gay" Leader Warns About The Dangers of So-Called "Conversion Therapy"

Submitted by Brittany on October 6, 2017 - 5:25pm

On Tuesday, the Miami-Dade Board of Commissioners rejected a proposed ban on conversion therapy, a harmful practice I can speak to all too well. After 23 years in the conversion therapy and ex-gay world I tried everything to change my sexual orientation as a gay man, nothing worked. I was a respected "ex-gay" leader, an ordained minister, as well as the Executive Vice President of Exodus International and spoke out frequently about "change" and "freedom from homosexuality."

SHOW UP: Miami-Dade Conversion Therapy Ban Public Hearing

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Miami-Dade County is considering a ban on conversion therapy, and we need you to help the County Commissioners understand how important it is to denounce this debunked and dangerous practice.

So-called “reparative therapy” purports to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity - but not only is it completely ineffective in actually changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, it puts LGBTQ youth and their families at serious risk.