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Gays Should Be the Least of Oklahoma's Concerns

Chase Marie | Posted 01.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Chase Marie

There are clearly a lot of issues with the state of Oklahoma, but ultimately it is my hope that lawmakers will one day prioritize their civilities.

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" ...

O-Kern-Homa, Where the Hate Comes Sweepin' Down the Plain

Domenick Scudera | Posted 01.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern (R) has introduced a bill to officially change the name of the state from Oklahoma to Okernhoma. Kern stated, "By putting my name in the state's name, the people in our great state will be reminded that my opinions are more important than any one person's individual rights."

Billboard Reading 'Nobody Is Born Gay' Stirs Controversy

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay 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....

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 ...

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

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay 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 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.

'Conversion Therapy Didn't "Fix" Me -- but Love Did' (VIDEO)

Oral Fixation | Posted 12.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Oral Fixation

At my parents' suggestion, I met with a pastor and told her I was gay. She introduced me to Exodus International, a ministry whose leaders claimed homosexuality was a sin. They believed with conversion therapy, God could change my orientation. I bought in.

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...

Speaking Professionally

Claudia E. Haupt | Posted 11.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Claudia E. Haupt

We wouldn't want to protect quackery as a matter of free speech, would we? Recently, these questions came to the forefront of legal and political debate in two sets of court decisions, involving legislation on two hot-button topics: gays and guns.

A Gay Giants Fan's Lament: How David Tyree Stole My Favorite Memory

Paul Gorrell, Ph.D. | Posted 09.27.2014 | Sports
Paul Gorrell, Ph.D.

Last week the New York Giants announced the hiring of former Super Bowl hero and anti-same-sex-marriage advocate David Tyree to a front office job, where he is directly responsible for the development of player's careers.

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.

Evangelism as Therapy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Encountering the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg in the D.C. Council Chambers on June 27 took me back five years to our battles over the District's marriage equality bill. This time it was a hearing on a bill to prohibit conversion therapy for minors.

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

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 07.03.2014 | Gay 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...

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Law Banning Gay Therapy

AP | By LISA LEFF | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law that bars psychological cou...

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.

Texas GOP Chair Laments Inclusion Of Gay Conversion Therapy In Party Platform

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics

Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri lamented the adoption of language supporting gay conversion "therapy" to the party's platform on Thurs...

Perry Admits He 'Stepped Right In It'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) admits he "stepped right in it" when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism while discussing gay conversion therapy last we...

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.

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...

Laura Bassett

Texas Governor Candidate Uses Plane Owned By 'Gay Conversion Therapy' Funders

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) dodged the question last week of whether he agrees with his party's support for "reparative therapy," a process...

Rick Perry Compares Homosexuality To Alcoholism

AP | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, during a visit that focused primarily on economic issues, drew on a reference to alcoholism to explain h...

Jennifer Bendery

House Committee Invites Witness To Go On Anti-Gay Rant, Because Religious Freedom

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A House subcommittee held a Tuesday hearing on religious freedom and, among other witnesses, Liberty University dean and professor of la...

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...