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California Seeks To Ban A 'Cure' For Homosexuality | Lila Shapiro | Posted 08.20.2012 | Gay Voices

When James Guay was 12, he went into a Christian bookstore to look for information on what was wrong with him. He found just one book on homosexuality...

Anti-Gay Preacher Dreams Of 100,000 Gays Converting To Heterosexuality And Curing AIDS

Posted 07.09.2012 | Gay Voices

Lou Engle, so-called "visionary" and co-founder of TheCall solemn assemblies, a "movement of prayer gathering young adults [who] pray and fast for bre...

WATCH: Former Navy Chaplain Claims He Can 'Exorcise' The Gay Out Of People

Posted 07.05.2012 | Gay Voices

A number of religious authorities have argued the possibilities of "praying away the gay," but now, a former Navy chaplain has come forward with claim...

'Ex-Gay' Christian Group Backs Away From Reparative Therapy

AP | PATRICK CONDON | Posted 06.27.2012 | Gay Voices

MINNEAPOLIS -- The president of the country's best-known Christian ministry dedicated to helping people repress same-sex attraction through prayer is ...

Pennsylvania Catholic Group Hosts Sports Camp To Help Gay Men Remain Celibate

Posted 05.24.2012 | Gay Voices

A Pennsylvania-based Catholic group will mark the holiday weekend by hosting an annual sports camp with the reported aim of helping men resist homosex...

Christian Organization's Founder Gets Emotional Describing 'Ex-Gay Conversion' Clip

Posted 05.24.2012 | Gay Voices

A Christian group founder's bizarrely emotional speech, delivered while promoting an "instructional" video "built to convert a homosexual," is going v...

Gay Oregon Man Claims 'Conversion' Psychiatrist Insisted He Was Straight

AP | By STEVEN DuBOIS | Posted 05.23.2012 | Gay Voices

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Max Hirsh says he sensed something wasn't quite right when the psychiatrist focused on his failures with sports and teenage girls, a...

It's Time To Ban Reparative Therapy

Wayne Besen | Posted 07.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

Reparative therapy, which seeks to "cure" homosexuality, is a destructive form of consumer fraud, where avaricious practitioners try to profit off their victims by instilling a deep sense of shame and guilt. There is not one shard of evidence supporting such efforts.

Fight Against Gay 'Conversion Therapy' Gathers Momentum

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.13.2012 | Gay Voices

The fight against a controversial form of therapy aimed at making gay people straight is gaining some momentum. Last week, The Southern Poverty La...

Gay Teen 'Conversion' Therapy May Be Banned In California

AP | HANNAH DREIER | Posted 07.08.2012 | Gay Voices

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A first-of-its-kind ban on a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight is speeding through th...

Former Ex-Gay Leader On 'Reparative' Therapy: 'We Set Them Up For A Facade'

Posted 05.08.2012 | Gay Voices

The former director of the "ex-gay" conservative Christian ministry Love in Action spoke to CNN today ahead of a feature-length documentary film that ...

California Bill Could Protect Patients From 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Posted 07.28.2014 | Gay Voices

In what could be a potential blow to the "ex-gay" movement, a proposed California bill seeks to protect gay patients from the mental and physical harm...

Can We Leave The Ex-Gays Alone?

Jayson Littman | Posted 06.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Jayson Littman

The truth is that ex-gays are not fully accepted in their own religious communities. While preachers and rabbis publicly regard their ex-gay congregants as heroes and champions, ex-gays are often ridiculed and judged by the very people that demand they change.

17 Of The Best LGBT Moments Of The Week

Posted 06.14.2012 | Gay Voices

With so much hate continually aimed at the LGBT community, we like to take a moment every once in a while to highlight some of the good news we featur...

'Ex-Gay' Movement Loses Key Scientific Support After Doctor Retracts Original Claims

Posted 04.11.2012 | Gay Voices

In a move that will no doubt rankle the efforts of anti-gay institutions, the psychiatrist who published a controversial 2001 study proclaiming that "...

Chaim Levin Is Giving Hope To LGBT Orthodox Jews

Wayne Besen | Posted 04.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

Chaim Levin is on a remarkable journey, and he is accomplishing more than simply giving hope. He is having a tangible impact in his community, opening closed minds, and keeping teens from enduring the pain that he once suffered in silence.

Flyer Saying Being Gay Is A 'Choice' Given To Students

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 02.06.2012 | Education

Parents of students attending Albert Einstein High School in Montgomery County, Md. are upset after some high schoolers were sent home with flyers cla...

Dammit, Janet!

Walt Hawkins | Posted 02.27.2012 | Gay Voices
Walt Hawkins

It has been 11 years since Boynes was "called out of the lesbian lifestyle," and she believes God will bring a husband into her life. I would be the last person to begrudge her that opportunity; I just wish she would extend the same courtesy to my gay brothers and sisters.

The Top 10 Ex-Gay Stories of 2011

Wayne Besen | Posted 02.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

In June I penned a column that predicted that so-called "ex-gay" programs would crumble from internal rot. In the months since, the decline of these "pray away the gay" organizations has only accelerated.

Is A Key 'Ex-Gay' Organization On The Brink Of Collapse?

Posted 11.30.2011 | Gay Voices

The so-called "ex-gay" movement may continue to dominate headlines in the wake of the notorious allegations facing Marcus Bachmann, but now, one of it...

Conservative 'Ex-Gay' Candidate Admits Lesbian Affair

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

Linda Wall, a conservative independent Virginia candidate for the House of Delegates, admitted on Wednesday that she had an affair with a female stude...

'Ex-Gay' Activist's Stunning Admission

Wayne Besen | Posted 12.20.2011 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

It is never easy for one to acknowledge being wrong. I wish John Smid the best of luck on his continued evolution and am grateful that he is beginning to honestly discuss the limitations of "ex-gay" programs.

WATCH: Former 'Ex-Gay' Minister Now Believes Sexual Orientation Can't Be Changed

Posted 12.20.2011 | Gay Voices

The former director of the ex-gay Christian ministry Love in Action has now come forward saying not only that he is gay, but that it is impossible to ...

Therapy for Marcus Bachmann

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

Anti-gay activists, including the Bachmanns, have spent enormous energy and resources doing everything they can to obfuscate the data, confuse the debate, and put scientists such as myself on the defensive.

NPR's Foxification of Ex-Gay Rhetoric

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.08.2011 | Media
Irene Monroe

To my surprise, I didn't know -- especially in 2011 -- my sexual orientation was still up for debate. But on Aug. 1 on the Morning Edition of National Public Radio (NPR), it was. And the topic on the show that morning was "Can Therapy Help Change Sexual Orientation?"