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Lila Shapiro

'Oranges, Baby Powder, Handcuffs And Duct Tape': Inside The Trial That May End The Gay 'Cure'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey -- For years, Benjamin Unger had lived uneasily with the knowledge that he liked other guys, but in 2007, at 19 years old, the...

Lila Shapiro

Lawyer In 'Gay Cure' Trial Says Satan Is Behind Gay Rights Movement

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 06.09.2015 | Gay 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...

Lila Shapiro

Vocal Conversion Therapy Critic Weighs In On Gay 'Cure' Trial

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 06.01.2015 | Gay Voices

This week, the so-called gay cure goes to trial in New Jersey. The practice has been widely condemned in recent years by the medical and mental he...

Lila Shapiro

This Bill Could End 'Gay Conversion Therapy' In The U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices

It’s been almost exactly 10 years since Mathew Shurka walked into a therapist’s office in Los Angeles and was told that he could become straight. ...

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 ...

Unearthed Letter From Freud Reveals His Thoughts On Gay People

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.19.2015 | Gay Voices

In 1935, Sigmund Freud penned a response to a mother who had asked him for help with her gay son. Despite the broader perceptions of homosexuality at ...

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" ...

Doctor Will Undergo 'Ex-Gay' Therapy On TV As Part Of New Series

Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

British TV doctor Christian Jessen will tackle controversial reparative therapy methods on the new series, "Cure Me, I'm Gay." In an effort to te...

Lila Shapiro

Conversion Therapy Ban Proposed In Pennsylvania

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 09.18.2013 | Gay Voices

The effort to ban a controversial therapy that purports to make gay people straight is gaining momentum in Pennsylvania, say opponents of the practice...

Lila Shapiro

New Jersey Makes Move On Controversial Gay 'Cure' Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices

On Monday, New Jersey became the second state to pass a law banning licensed counselors from practicing a controversial therapy on minors that attempt...

Huffington This Week: Parallel Lives

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Arianna Huffington

Conversion therapy has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years, not only in the form of lawsuits seeking to outlaw the treatment, but in the unequivocal opinion of mental health professionals that it is complete and utter nonsense.

As 'Gay Cure' Ministry Exodus International Closes, Insights From an 'Incurable'

Danielle Kaufman, M.D. | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Danielle Kaufman, M.D.

I know that my gender identity is most definitely not a choice. Had I been given a choice, I would have chosen a gender identity congruent with my body's sex. I have suffered enormous, unspeakable pain for decades from having my real gender identity in conflict with my birth sex.

Lila Shapiro

The Controversial 'Gay Cure' And One Ex-Patient's Quest To Reunite With His Therapist

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 06.25.2013 | Gay Voices

In 2004, when Mathew Shurka was 16, his father brought him to a licensed therapist who claimed he could make gay people straight. Books lined the wall...

Cavan Sieczkowski

New App Offers 'Gay Cure' In Just 60 Days

HuffingtonPost.com | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.01.2013 | Gay Voices

A new app claims to offer a 60-day "gay cure" that will teach users how to finally find "freedom from the bondage of homosexuality." The app is fro...

Lila Shapiro

'I Tried To Kill Myself And Ended Up On The Psych Ward': Survey Reveals Harm In Gay 'Cure'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.30.2013 | Gay Voices

In a new survey of people who have undergone a controversial treatment seeking to change their sexual orientation, a gay man described his eight-year ...

Lila Shapiro

Gay Conversion Therapy Fight Comes To New York

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 04.26.2013 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- The fight against a controversial therapy that purports to "cure" gay people of their gayness and make them straight has come to New York....

Children's Book That Claims Abuse 'Causes' Homosexuality Submitted To Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.05.2013 | Gay Voices

A children's book that implies being gay is a reversible condition caused by childhood sexual abuse has been submitted to the Supreme Court as part of...

Lila Shapiro

Gay 'Cure' Proponents Defend Practice In New Jersey

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.05.2013 | Gay Voices

A first-of-its kind lawsuit challenging the practice of gay "conversion therapy" is winding its way through the New Jersey legal system. On Monday, la...

Lila Shapiro

UN Tackles Gay 'Conversion Therapy' For First Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.01.2013 | Gay Voices

A panel of mental health experts, human rights advocates, religious leaders and a former patient gathered Thursday at the United Nations Church Center...

Morning Links: Wyoming, The Supreme Court, And The 'Gay Cure'

Lila Shapiro | Posted 03.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Lila Shapiro

-- Lawmakers in Wyoming are pushing to legalize same-sex marriage, and several Republicans in the state are already on board. -- At the New Yorker, ...

Lila Shapiro

Dueling California 'Gay Cure' Law Court Rulings Draw Battle Lines

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 12.04.2012 | Gay Voices

Shortly after California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed groundbreaking legislation this fall that banned licensed therapists from practicing gay "convers...

Lila Shapiro

First U.S. 'Gay Cure' Law Tested As Battle Over 'Reparative' Therapy Heats Up

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 12.01.2012 | Gay Voices

Jerry Spencer's counselor once placed bags of ice on his hands while showing him photos of men holding hands. Chaim Levin's "life coach" told him to s...

So Cal Student Says 'Gay Cure' Worked For Him

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.05.2012 | Los Angeles

A Southern California college student who claims he reversed his own homosexuality with reparative therapy has filed a lawsuit against California for ...

California Governor Signs Historic LGBT Law

Posted 09.30.2012 | Gay Voices

California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a historic bill that will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) minors from "repara...