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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...

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

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.18.2015 | 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 12.03.2015 | 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 s...

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

Buster Ross | Posted 02.02.2016 | 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 ...

Stop Conversion Therapy -- It's Based on Pseudoscience

Elizabeth Yuko | Posted 02.02.2016 | 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" ...

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 pr...

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, say...

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 ...

The Cult of Conversion & Confession

Tristan Higgins | Posted 02.02.2016 | 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 06.15.2015 | 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 02.02.2016 | 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 02.02.2016 | 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?

Lila Shapiro

Vocal Conversion Therapy Critic Weighs In On Gay 'Cure' Trial

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

This week, the so-called gay cure goes to trial in New Jersey. The practice has been widely condemned in recent years by the medical and mental he...

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

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