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Gay Conversion Therapy

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 04.07.2015 | Gay 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.

Lila Shapiro

Psychology Today Changes Its Position On Conversion Therapy Ads

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 03.04.2015 | Gay Voices

Therapists who offer the gay “cure” will no longer be allowed to advertise their services in the directory pages of Psychology Today, a magazine a...

Lila Shapiro

Psychology Today Refuses To Remove Listings For Gay-Conversion Therapists

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 03.03.2015 | Gay Voices

Psychology Today, a magazine and website that offers listings for therapists, is lending the controversial practice of conversion therapy a “veneer ...

Cubs Tickets Cured My Homosexuality

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

What would make you renounce your homosexuality? An all-expenses-paid Caribbean cruise? A sleek new Jaguar? A million dollars? For one gay Chicago baseball fan, it was tickets to a Cubs game.

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 "...

Lila Shapiro

This Anti-Gay Group Probably Wishes It Had Used A Different Model For Its Billboard

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.20.2015 | Gay Voices

In December, Kyle Roux, 37, was surprised to hear from a friend that his image had popped up on a controversial billboard overlooking a major highway ...

Lila Shapiro

These Court Rulings Could Be A Major Blow Against The Practice Of 'Curing' Gay People

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.12.2015 | Gay Voices

Gay rights advocates are celebrating two recent ruling from a New Jersey judge that could be pivotal in the fight to end the controversial practice of...

Jayne Ozanne, One Of The Church Of England's Leading Evangelicals, Comes Out As A Lesbian

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) One of the Church of England’s leading evangelical campaigners announced Tuesday (Feb. 3) that she is a lesbian and said s...

Gays Should Be the Least of Oklahoma's Concerns

Sidney Chase | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Sidney Chase

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 03.30.2015 | 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...