Conversion Therapy (NIH)

Joey Del Ponte filed this request with the National Institutes of Health of the United States of America.
Tracking #

47956

Due June 26, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Joey Del Ponte

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Any and all documents relating to the practice of changing an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity through therapy. Please include any reports, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, memoranda, studies, directives, press releases, academic publications, presentation notes, communications and internal emails containing the phrases “Conversion Therapy,” “Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE)," “Gay Conversion Therapy,” “Ex-Gay Therapy,” “Reparative Therapy,” and/or “Same-Sex Attraction (SSA) Therapy."

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Joey Del Ponte

From: National Institutes of Health

Good afternoon Mr. Del Ponte,

My name is Gorka Garcia-Malene. I am the FOIA Officer for NIH. We received your FOIA request on March 6, seeking:

Any and all documents relating to the practice of changing an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity through therapy. Please include any reports, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, memoranda, studies, directives, press releases, academic publications, presentation notes, communications and internal emails containing the phrases "Conversion Therapy," "Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE)," "Gay conversion Therapy," "Ex-Gay Therapy," "Reparative Therapy," and/or "Same-Sex Attraction (SSA) Therapy."

I have conducted a search of our website and don't see any references to the above terms. In addition, I am not aware of where within the agency this work would unfold. In other words, I don't know of an agency employee who would be familiar with the subject area and who would know where to locate any responsive records. Please provide sufficient clarity as to where within the NIH's 27 institutes and centers you expect these records to exist by March 22, 2018, if you would like for us to log this request. As it stands, your request is not reasonably described.

Kind regards.

Gorka Garcia-Malene |FOIA Officer for National Institutes of Health | (301) 496-5633

From: Joey Del Ponte

Hello Gorka,

On the HHS website I was able to find a reference to one of the terms referenced in my March 6th, 2018 request under "HHS Reports on the health of LGBT Americans." There is a link to a 2015 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration titled "Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth."

Presumably, this work may fall under the Office of Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO).

Joey Del Ponte

From: National Institutes of Health

Good Afternoon Mr. Del Ponte,

Thank you for revising, narrowing, and clarifying your request. Our office will be sending you an official acknowledgement letter soon.

Thank you.

Roger Bordine
Program Assistant
Freedom of Information Office
National Institutes of Health
Building 31, Room 5B35
31 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

Phone: 301-496-5633
Fax: 301-402-4541
Roger.bordine@nih.gov<mailto:Roger.bordine@nih.gov>

[National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Turning Discovery Into Health]<http://www.nih.gov/>

From: National Institutes of Health

Good Afternoon,

Please see the attached letter acknowledging your NIH FOIA request.

Thank you.

Roger Bordine
Program Assistant
Freedom of Information Office
National Institutes of Health
Building 31, Room 5B35
31 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

Phone: 301-496-5633
Fax: 301-402-4541
Roger.bordine@nih.gov<mailto:Roger.bordine@nih.gov>

[National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Turning Discovery Into Health]<http://www.nih.gov/>

From: National Institutes of Health

Good Afternoon,

Thank you for your inquiry into the status of your request.

Your request is being processed, and following completion of the records search, an official response to your request will be sent.

Thank you.

Roger Bordine
Program Assistant
Freedom of Information Office
National Institutes of Health
Building 31, Room 5B35
31 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

Phone: 301-496-5633
Fax: 301-402-4541
Roger.bordine@nih.gov<mailto:Roger.bordine@nih.gov>

[National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Turning Discovery Into Health]<http://www.nih.gov/>

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