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A Gay Man's Quest for Real Change Within Homophobic Religion

Jonathon Sawyer | Posted 03.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Jonathon Sawyer

It was a disheartening shock to my soul when an institutional policy revision was made to the handbook in regards to gay members of the Church and their families.

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...

What Really Happens When Gay Mormon Men Marry Straight Women

Salt Lake Tribune | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The Mormon couples profiled on TLC’s “My Husband Is Not Gay” may find these statistics sobering: Marriages like theirs — ...

It Gets Boring: NPR Features Same Old Ex-Gay Story

Peterson Toscano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peterson Toscano

I spent nearly 20 years disgusted with pesky, relentless, unwanted attractions to other men. I turned to church and Jesus to make me "normal" in hopes that I would like women more. It took me years to recognize just how much harm I done in suppressing and demonizing my desires for other men.

Escape From the Ex-Gay Movement

Christian Mentz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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."

A Surprise New Twist In 'Ex-Gay' Billboard Controversy Emerges

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

A new wrinkle has emerged in the controversy over an "ex-gay" group's Virginia billboard which purportedly depicted a set of "identical twins." Mo...

Billboard Reading 'Nobody Is Born Gay' Stirs Controversy

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

UPDATE Dec. 12: Kyle Roux, the model who reportedly appears in the ad, told NBC affiliate WWBT that he identifies as gay and is not an identical twin....

Man Who Claimed To Be 'Delivered' From Being Gay Insists Viral Testimony Is Legitimate

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

The young man who claimed to have been "delivered" from homosexuality at a Christian event in Missouri insists his viral video testimony was legitimat...

Is The Battle Against 'Ex-Gay' Therapy More Important Than Marriage Equality?

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

The U.N. Committee Against Torture is expected to hear testimony from the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) on reparative (or "ex-gay") therap...

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

Alec Fischer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Russell Moore Denounces 'Ex-Gay Therapy'

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore denounced reparative therapy at a conference here, saying the controversial treatment tha...

Watch This Gay Law Student Recount His Takedown of a Wannabe Ex-Gay Counselor (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-10-02-20141001ScottBlairsmall.jpgYou would think that after getting a phone call from Harvard Law's LGBT group encouraging their son to attend the prestigious university, Scott Blair's parents would be proud. Instead, they were devastated and joined an ex-gay counseling group and tried to make their son straight.

WATCH: Here's One 'Ex-Gay' Couple You're Actually Supposed To Laugh At

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

'Ex-Gay' therapy is perhaps one of the biggest threats to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in America -- and what better way to ske...

Federal Appeals Court Upholds State's 'Gay Conversion Therapy' Ban

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK, Sept 11 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld New Jersey's ban on counseling intended t...

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

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...

'Father Hunger' Doesn't Mean You're Gay

Joe Kort, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joe Kort, Ph.D.

I know that I am inviting controversy by claiming that some straight men seek sex with men, especially because I have found that "father hunger" can be a contributing factor. However, there is a world of difference between what I am claiming and what the reparative therapists claim.

The Stupidity of the New York Giants Hiring Anti-Gay David Tyree

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

How exactly is a homophobe supposed to carry out the job of director of player development? How is a gay player on the Giants supposed to react to this if he is thinking about coming out or is experiencing anti-gay harassment on the team?

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

Jesse Jackman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

48 States Still Allow This Ridiculous Thing, But California's Now Free To Ban It

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The Supreme Court this week declined to hear a case challenging California's ban on "therapies" meant to turn lesbian, gay and bisexual youth straight...

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

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

'Family' Group Representative Advises Mom To Pursue 'Ex-Gay' Group For Daughter Who Came Out

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

No stranger to anti-gay declarations, the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg advised a mother to pursue organizations which advocate for reparativ...

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

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Justin Utley: Man on a Mission

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scott De Buitléir

Meeting Justin Utley is like catching up with one of your closest friends, as his calm-but-confident energy puts you instantly at ease. I met him in Dublin, a day after his flight from New York to start off his Irish and UK tour. His musical beginnings are not like most other touring Americans who travel abroad.

Texas GOP Platform Draft Endorses Gay Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel & Kasey Varner | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

A draft of the Texas Republican Party's new platform embraces gay conversion therapy, arguing that it is a viable option for "patients who are seeking...

LOOK: 'Ex-Gay' Billboard Angers Kentucky's LGBT Community

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Kentucky's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is crying foul over the appearance of a bizarre billboard will appears to promote a...