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Conversion Therapy

How Living With A Foster Family Landed This Lesbian In 'Ex-Gay' Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices

In an interview with HuffPost Live this week, FosterClub member Emily Brunelle recalled how living with foster parents in lieu of her biological famil...

Lila Shapiro

This Bill Could End 'Gay Conversion Therapy' In The U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices

It’s been almost exactly 10 years since Mathew Shurka walked into a therapist’s office in Los Angeles and was told that he could become straight. ...

'Homosexuality Is Not an Addiction'

Buster Ross | Posted 05.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Buster Ross

Homosexuality is Not an Addiction is the title of a piece that just came out on Psychology Today. Dr. David Ley's piece cannot be ignored in the conversation on LGBTQ rights and "conversion therapy."

13 Ways to Create Safe & Supportive Schools for LGBATQQI People

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Throughout the world, on university and grade school campuses, in communities and homes, and in the media, issues of sexual identity and gender identity and expression are increasingly "coming out of the closet."

Why You Should Sign More Petitions: White House Endorses Ban on Conversion Therapy

Em & Lo | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Em & Lo

So far, only California, New Jersey, and Washington, DC have banned conversion therapy for minors. There are bans pending in other states, but Republicans continue to vote them down -- as happened in Virginia recently. Still, people spoke up, via a petition, and the White House listened. And that, people, is what we call a very good start.

Obama Calls For End To LGBT Conversion Therapy

Reuters | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama called on Wednesday for an end to psychiatric therapies that seek to change the sexual ori...

Falling in Love (or Something Like It) With a Girl During Conversion Therapy

Chris Hernandez | Posted 04.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Hernandez

My conversion therapist would always say "People. Places. Things." He didn't mean it in a School-House-Rock-lesson-on-nouns kind of way. He used to tell me that if I surrounded myself with gay people, went to gay places and took part in gay things, of course I would be have gay attractions.

Paige Lavender

Some States Are Taking A Stand Against Controversial Gay Conversion Therapy

HuffingtonPost.com | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

Lawmakers in several states are considering legislation that would ban conversion therapy, a controversial practice that's sometimes touted as a gay "...

Lila Shapiro

These Court Rulings Could Be A Major Blow Against The Practice Of 'Curing' Gay People

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.12.2015 | Gay Voices

Gay rights advocates are celebrating two recent ruling from a New Jersey judge that could be pivotal in the fight to end the controversial practice of...

Lila Shapiro

First Ever Law To Protect Gay 'Cure' Proposed In Oklahoma

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 01.30.2015 | Gay Voices

Gay rights advocates have made significant progress in the fight to discredit and ultimately ban conversion therapy, a practice that claims to "cure" ...

Join the Fight to Outlaw Conversion/Reparative Therapy Today

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

The time has come for the entire LGBT community and our allies to join this fight. It is about us. It is a simple fact that no one can or should try to change who we are. Whether we were born gay or lesbian, or whether we were assigned "male" or "female" at birth only to realize that our gender identity doesn't match, no one else should have the right to try to have us changed.

It's Time to Ban 'Reparative Therapy'

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The right is pushing hard on talking points claiming that transgender teens need to be pushed into (religious) "therapy" that no reputable, licensed mental-health professional would provide. Their rationales are riddled with half-truths, logical fallacies, and outright lies. Here are the facts.

Putting It Together in 2015

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

We don't have to be the same to give each other credit and respect. We don't have to be bossy to teach. Our differences challenge us, but also enrich us.

Escape From the Ex-Gay Movement

Christian Mentz | Posted 03.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Christian Mentz

"There was a psychological 'breaking-me-down' and isolation process from my friends and family because they were considered unhealthy. They did this to achieve complete domination over me to build me up and mold me from there."

Athletes and Ambassadors in 2014

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

2014 saw a mixture of advances and stark reminders of continued injustice. The gay journey in America proceeded on many paths in 2014. Here are highlights.

WATCH: We Asked New Yorkers One Question...

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 02.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

We asked New Yorkers to finish the sentence, I can get married, but I still can't... and here's how some of them responded.

BET Editor Slams Black Church: ‘Being Gay Is Not A Sin'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.13.2014 | Black Voices

BET.com’s Entertainment Editor Clay Cane joined HuffPost Live Tuesday and expressed his extreme disappointment in the black church for actions that ...

This Is What Happened When I Tried Banning Conversion Therapy in Minnesota

Alec Fischer | Posted 01.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Alec Fischer

Having same-sex marriage legalized one year prior gave us hope that our bill would be heard and eventually passed; if our legislators approved marriage equality, surely they would advocate for the restriction of a practice that treats homosexuality as a curable disorder.

Coming Out Against 'Conversion Therapy'

Samantha Ames | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Samantha Ames

As far as equal rights have come in the last few years, up to a third of LGBTQ people are still subjected to "conversion therapy," among the most damaging forms of psychological abuse a person can endure. Conversion therapy encompasses a range of dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Suicide Prevention Month: Because One Life Lost Is Too Many

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

Our community remains so susceptible to depression and suicide because, although we've made great progress towards equality, we still remain vulnerable to discrimination, harassment and rejection because of who we are and who we love.

'Conversion Therapy' in Indie Film Saugatuck Cures

Ilana Rapp | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Ilana Rapp

The indie film stars Judith Chapman, Max Adler, and Danny Mooney. Chapman plays Maggie, the mother of Drew (played by Adler), who is gay and goes on an adventure to convert homosexuals into heterosexuals in order to raise money to help pay for his mom's cancer treatments.

Man Claims Church Teacher Raped Him As A 'Gay Cure'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 09.03.2014 | Gay Voices

A Mississippi man is claiming that a local Baptist school teacher raped him as a means of a gay cure. Jeff White, now 32, told the Washington Blad...

God Wants You to Be Happy: Inside an Ex-Gay Ministry

Jesse Jackman | Posted 09.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Jesse Jackman

Though the prospect of salvation seemed to brim with promise at the time, I was completely unaware of how much psychological damage the "treatment" would inflict upon me. I was blinded by insecurity, inexperience, and the fact that I'd finally met others who genuinely seemed to understand my feelings of isolation.

Conversion Therapy Tears Father and Son Apart, but Forgiveness Reunites Them (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-06-26-20140626MathewShurkasmall.jpgNew Yorker Mathew Shurka came out at the age of 16 to his initially supportive father, who promised to love his son no matter what, and to always stay by his son's side. However, his father's thinking became more and more influenced by homophobia and harmful stereotypes surrounding the gay community.

All LGBT Kids Are #BornPerfect

Kate Kendell, Esq. | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Kate Kendell, Esq.

Even as we seem closer than ever to winning the freedom to marry nationwide, a persistent and longstanding threat has reemerged.