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Conversion Therapy

A Survivor Of Gay Conversion Therapy Shares His Chilling Story

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.17.2016 | Queer Voices

With two months between us and a Trump administration, it’s time we consider Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s relationship with the man...

New WHO Diagnostic Labels Perpetuate Transgender Stigma

Ethics & Society | Posted 07.29.2016 | Impact
Ethics & Society

The movement of the World Health Organization (WHO) to declassify transgender identity as a mental disorder is simultaneously a step forward in affirming the personhood of gender minority individuals, and a step backward in diagnoses that adequately reflect their health needs.

The Last Thing This Transgender Woman Has To Say About Caitlyn Jenner

Delia Melody | Posted 08.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Delia Melody

Over the course of time, I’ve learned to stop being surprised by anything that comes out of certain people’s mouths. Speaking as a transgender wom...

Listen To One Gay Man's Harrowing Story About Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.22.2016 | Queer Voices

The Republican party’s platform advocates for conversion therapy, a treatment that’s meant to change an LGBT person’s gender or sexual orientati...

The Moment The Christian Church Acknowledged My Queerness

Chris Hernandez | Posted 06.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Chris Hernandez

For the first time I felt as if there was a deliberate call for that congregation to stand with the queer community in their time of mourning.

Those Holding 'Anti-Gay' Sentiments Need To Stop Making Things Worse By Expressing Outrage Over The Florida Massacre

Mark Baer | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Baer

Many of those spewing anti-gay rhetoric engage in gaslighting, which “is a form of mental abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting their...

Mississippi Is Burning with Intolerance

Marvin Meadors | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Under the guise of religious liberty, the Mississippi state house passed the final version of a bill that enshrines discrimination against practically anything a business owner of "faith" deems offensive.

How to Love Your Child to Death: The Dangerous Myth That Could Kill Your Kid

BP Major | Posted 03.22.2016 | Queer Voices
BP Major

How can there be a cure for something that is not a disease? That's all I could think as I watched a BBC news report from my living room in London about a New York church claiming to have a cure for homosexuality.

Gay Conversion Therapy Group Targeted In Historic Consumer Fraud Complaint

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of civil rights organizations are filing a historic consumer fraud complaint with the federal government on Wednesday, charging ...

New York Bans Insurance Coverage Of LGBT 'Conversion Therapy'

Reuters | Sam Levine | Posted 02.06.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK, Feb 6 (Reuters) - New York state will bar health insurance coverage of therapy aimed at changing the sexual or gender orientation of young p...

Clinton's Statement on LGBT Rights Shows Her Trust in the Decency of Americans

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.18.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

With this policy statement Hillary Clinton has made a commitment to continue to fight for equality and use the power of the Presidency to accomplish that goal. She is also putting her belief on the line that the American people will join her in that effort.

Forgiveness -- the Oil That Heals Personal Relationships

Marina Cantacuzino | Posted 12.03.2016 | Impact
Marina Cantacuzino

I would go as far as to say that forgiveness is the oil of personal relationships; in our most successful relationships we probably (unwittingly) do it many times a day. And just as with the bigger and more extreme stories on The Forgiveness Project website, forgiveness in daily life is an extraordinarily useful tool that has the ability to repair broken relationships.

What It Would Be Like If Straight People Underwent Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

What if we lived in a world where same-sex attraction were the norm and heterosexuals were forced to undergo conversion therapy? Such is the subject o...

Join Basic Rights Oregon for IGNITE -- a Gala Celebration of LGBTQ Progress

Buster Ross | Posted 10.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Buster Ross

The Gala this year promises to be the best yet. Founded in 1996, Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) is Oregon's main political advocacy and education organization working to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Harsh Reality Of Surviving A 'Gay Exorcism'

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

After a recent federal report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration called for an end to conversion therapy for lesbian, ...

Stop Conversion Therapy -- It's Based on Pseudoscience

Elizabeth Yuko | Posted 10.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabeth Yuko

A report released on October 15 is a major step in President Obama's commitment to expand the number of states enacting "Leelah's Law," which would ban the use of conversion therapy to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of lesbian, gay and transgender children and youth.

This Disturbing Video Exposes China's 'Electroshock' Gay 'Conversion' Methods

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Beijing activist John Shen went undercover in an effort to expose the use of controversial "conversion" methods that promise to "cure" gay and lesbian...

Federal Report Calls For End To 'Conversion Therapy' For LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released a report Thursday calling for an end to the practice of "...

Southern Baptist Leader Speaks Out Against Controversial Therapy For Gays

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A leading Southern Baptist theologian spoke out against psychological counseling aimed at turning young gays straight, saying h...

Illinois Bans Gay Conversion Therapy For LGBT Youths

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics

Illinois' Republican governor on Thursday signed a law banning mental health therapists from trying to change a young person's sexual orientation or g...

The Cult of Conversion & Confession

Tristan Higgins | Posted 07.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Tristan Higgins

A few of my longtime friends have told me that they want to see more of the real writing that I do. The stuff that is about my life, my feelings, my struggles. Like this one about my physical disabilities and battle with pain.

Can I Ever Forgive Evangelicals?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.12.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I noticed with interest and, quite frankly, surprise an article headline on the front page of The New York Times dated Tuesday, June 9, 2015, which stated: "Evangelicals Open Door to Debate on Gay Rights."

What Are the Sounds of Transphobic Dinosaurs Dying?

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 06.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Ultimately the age of dinosaurs will pass; their fossils will be discovered by future anthropologist-archeologists to be scrutinized, dissected, and viewed as oddities whose ideas will seem curious for their naiveté.

Lila Shapiro

'Oranges, Baby Powder, Handcuffs And Duct Tape': Inside The Trial That May End The Gay 'Cure'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey -- For years, Benjamin Unger had lived uneasily with the knowledge that he liked other guys, but in 2007, at 19 years old, the...

The Day the World Didn't End

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 06.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

When people say a Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality would be the end of America, or the worst thing since slavery, or the ultimate calamity, what do they really mean? That their spouses will leave them? Their houses will collapse? Nuclear warheads will be launched?