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Conversion Therapy

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 01.22.2015 | 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 01.14.2015 | 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 01.12.2015 | 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 01.05.2015 | 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 12.31.2014 | 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.

Taking On Conversion Therapy in Texas

Stuart Gaffney | Posted 08.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Stuart Gaffney

When Ryan Kendall, a young gay man living in Denver, heard the news back in 2008 that the Califor­nia Supreme Court had ruled in fa­vor of the freedom to marry, he reached out to us, and we soon learned that, as a 14-year-old boy, he had survived brutal so-called "conversion" therapy to change his sexual orientation.

Why Rick Perry Thinks It's Politically Clever to Liken Homosexuality to Alcoholism

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

While it was widely reported that Perry had likened homosexuality to alcoholism, it went almost unnoticed that the Texas GOP platform had removed its prior call to recriminalize homosexuality. And that may be a key fact in understanding what is going on in the minds of Texas GOP leaders.

Rick Perry Defers To Scientists On Gay Conversion Therapy, Forgets They Already Trashed It

The Huffington Post | David McCabe | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said Monday that he wasn't sure whether it's possible to stop someone from being gay through a process known as conversion t...

Protecting Our LGBT Youth From Conversion Therapy

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

It's almost hard to believe in 2014 in the United States that what has come to be known as "conversion therapy" still exists. The sad truth is that this damaging practice is alive and well in many parts of the country, including in progressive states like New York.

Lawmakers Seeking To Outlaw 'Conversion Therapy' In Hawaii

www.civilbeat.com | Posted 01.17.2014 | Hawaii

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Ex-Gay Therapy and the Dangers of the Pulpit in South Mississippi

Zach Magee | Posted 11.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Zach Magee

Lakeside Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Miss., is hosting a conference led by Refuge461, an ex-gay "ministry." Members of GetEQUAL Mississippi, Walk Fellowship, and OMEGA Mississippi have organized a rally to send a message of love, acceptance, and hope to those attending this conference.

Another Step Toward Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

Chana Wilson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Chana Wilson

Hallelujah! The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld California's S.B. 1172, the landmark bill that makes it illegal for licensed California therapists to practice gay conversion therapy on minors. Last April I felt compelled to go to court to hear the appeals case.