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Gay Conversion Therapy

The Weight Of Silence In Schools And Churches

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 12.16.2016 | Education
Katie Mgongolwa

I am a high school teacher in North Carolina and 2016 has been a hell of a year. This is less a proclamation than it is an obvious statement, but the...

Malta Becomes First European Nation To Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 12.07.2016 | Queer Voices

Malta has made history. The island nation has become the first country in Europe to ban gay conversion therapy. On Dec. 5, the Maltese parliament appr...

An Open Letter To Open-Minded Christians Who Voted Republican

David Michael Conner | Posted 11.11.2016 | Queer Voices
David Michael Conner

People who think this practice is abhorrent but voted for the man behind it anyway, I am going to say this and I mean it absolutely: You are the same, the exact same, as the people who sent Anne Frank off to her death.

I Am Gay. I Will Not Be Tortured Again.

David Michael Conner | Posted 11.11.2016 | Queer Voices
David Michael Conner

How did this happen? How did we get here? Conversion therapy is a blatant human-rights violation and a sheer demonstration of hatred. It is a hate crime.

The Problem With Defining Sexual Orientation

Tim Rymel | Posted 09.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Tim Rymel

A conversion therapy survivor once told me, "I never considered myself to be gay, even though I was having sex with male friends in high school." Grow...

Chelsea Clinton: GOP Backs 'Child Abuse' By Endorsing Gay Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.09.2017 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA ― Chelsea Clinton didn’t mince her words Wednesday when she went after Republicans for adopting their most anti-LGBT party platform i...

Gay Teen No Longer Dating Men After Successful Conversion Therapy

John Pickhaver | Posted 07.19.2016 | Comedy
John Pickhaver

When 16-year-old Austin Murphy's parents arranged for conversion therapy sessions to help combat his burgeoning homosexuality, the gay teen was skepti...

The Moment I Realized Conversion Therapy Could Not Change Me

Chris Hernandez | Posted 07.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Chris Hernandez

"Do you really think you can change," my sister-in-law asked, sitting across from me in a small living room in the Bronx the summer of 2011 when I mad...

Conversion Lies

Laila Ibrahim | Posted 05.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Laila Ibrahim

But I'm a Cheerleader was my introduction to conversion therapy. It's a ridiculous comedy that satirizes the movement to "cure" people with same-sex ...

Mormon Woman Exposes Barbaric And 'Humiliating' Treatment For Being Gay

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.17.2016 | Queer Voices

In her new memoir, author Alex Cooper recounts her grisly experiences with reparative, or "gay conversion," therapy as a teen. Cooper's book, Saving A...

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 ...

Members Of Congress Urge Ban On Gay Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics

Four Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the head of the Federal Trade Commission Monday urging the agency to "take all actions possible" ...

Why Is Bob McDermott So Obsessed With Sex?

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 02.08.2017 | Hawaii
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

That Bob McDermott is so focused on sex, primarily of the gay kind, while his district's residents are worried about crime, skyrocketing housing costs, inadequate school funding, and other pressing local issues, raises the kind of red flags we've seen so many times before with rabidly anti-gay, moralizing political figures.

O-Kern-Homa, the 2016 Edition

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2017 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

This woman needs to talk to someone about why she is ignoring the duties she was elected to do in lieu of drafting needless, dangerous, discriminatory bills.

Hawaii Considers Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

Following federal calls to end gay conversion therapy for LGBT youth, Hawaii lawmakers have introduced a bill that would ban the practice in professio...

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...

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, ...

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...

An Open Letter to Al Mohler on Taking a Transparently Meaningless Stand on Reparative Therapy

Derek Penwell | Posted 10.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Derek Penwell

The whole thing gets a little muddy after you denounce "secular reparative therapy" and start laying out the alternative.

Why Do Some Gay Mormons Still Seek Out Conversion Therapy?

Religion News Service / Salt Lake Tribune | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY – Men holding other men, as fathers cradle their newborn sons. Men running naked in the woods, like innocent boys during playful chil...

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.

It's Not Over

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

It's not over. Not by a long shot. Not when conservatives are already looking for ways to chip away at marriage equality the way they whittled down reproductive rights to nothing in many states.

Lila Shapiro

Lawyer In 'Gay Cure' Trial Says Satan Is Behind Gay Rights Movement | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

JERSEY CITY -- In a first-of-its-kind legal challenge to gay conversion therapy, the lawyer defending this controversial practice has taken pains to a...

National Ban on LGBTQ "Conversion Therapy" Introduced at U.S. House of Representatives

Buster Ross | Posted 05.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Buster Ross

On Tuesday, Representative Ted W. Lieu introduced the first bill that would ban so-called "conversion therapy" throughout the United States.