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Something To Celebrate: The Best LGBT Moments Of The Week January 23 - January 27

Something To Celebrate

First Posted: 01/28/2012 11:20 am Updated: 01/28/2012 11:46 am

Last week we introduced our new series Know Thine Enemy, a look at the worst anti-LGBT moments of the week.

Because we want to balance the bad with the good, today we're introducing another new series: Something To Celebrate.

Every other week we'll take a look at a few of the most exciting and inspirational stories from the previous week or two.

Because as important as it is to know what our enemies are saying about us so that we can properly prepare and respond to their attacks, it's equally important to take a few moments to come together to celebrate our victories and recognize the work our community and our allies are doing.

Are there other stories or events that took place this week that you want to honor? Let us know in the comments section below!

Ex-Gay Torture Clinics In Ecuador To Close
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In a new blog, Emilia Gutierrez of, wrote about soon-to-be closings of Ecuador's ex-gay torture clinics:

The beginning of the end is finally here. That is, the beginning of the end of ex-gay torture clinics in Ecuador. While homosexuality is technically legal in Ecuador, the reality is that a dangerous underground culture of homophobia still exists throughout the country. Until recently, LGBT women and men in Ecuador were being held against their will at hundreds of so-called "clinics" that used torture and physical abuse to "cure" them of being gay. As more and more victims escaped and started speaking out, they revealed a network of nearly 200 illegal clinics posing as drug rehabilitation centers, promising to turn patients straight, and using sexual abuse, starvation, humiliation, and torture to achieve their goals.

This is where Fundación Causana's work began. The LGBT activist group has been working for the last 10 years to deconstruct homophobia in Ecuador. Among their biggest challenges has been getting the country's Ministry of Health to stop turning a blind eye and address the issue of gay torture clinics that are prevalent within the country.

Read the full story here.

Filed by Noah Michelson  |