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Gay Reparative Therapy

It Gets Boring: NPR Features Same Old Ex-Gay Story

Peterson Toscano | Posted 01.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Peterson Toscano

I spent nearly 20 years disgusted with pesky, relentless, unwanted attractions to other men. I turned to church and Jesus to make me "normal" in hopes that I would like women more. It took me years to recognize just how much harm I done in suppressing and demonizing my desires for other men.

Gay Man Claims He Was Subjected To Electric Shock Therapy Meant To Turn Him Straight In China

AP | LOUISE WATT | Posted 08.04.2014 | Gay Voices

BEIJING (AP) — A gay Chinese man said Thursday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, a...

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...

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.

Laura Bassett

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

Lila Shapiro

Conversion Therapy Ban Proposed In Pennsylvania | 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...

Gay Conversion Therapy Poses Serious Risks For Minors, Senator Notes

Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices

California Senator Ted Lieu applauded New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's support of a ban on gay conversion therapy in a HuffPost Live appearance late l...

Lila Shapiro

New Jersey Makes Move On Controversial Gay 'Cure' Law | 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...

Exodus 'Ex-Gays' and an Effeminate Boy

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Exodus International leader Alan Chambers apologized recently for the harm done to LGBT people by the so-called "ex-gay" movement. In that moment, the face that came to mind for me was the bruised, burned and emaciated face of 15-year-old Raymond Buys.

Apologies Are Too Late When The Damage Is Already Done

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

After almost 40 years, Exodus International, the oldest Christian services group of its kind and a market leader in reparative/ex-gay/sexual orientation change therapy, is closing its doors. A good start. And not nearly enough.

'Gay Cure' Organization's President Shifts Stance On Homosexuality

Posted 06.20.2013 | Gay Voices

The president of Exodus International spoke out on HuffPost Live after officials announced plans to shutter the controversial ministry. “The way...

Lila Shapiro

Group Invokes Jerry Sandusky, Claims Proposed 'Gay-Cure' Ban Could Harm Abuse Victims | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.06.2013 | Gay Voices

Opponents of proposed state legislation that would ban licensed therapists from offering so-called gay "conversion therapy" to minors are holding a p...

Three Teens Die After Alleged 'Gay Conversion' Camp Torture: Report

Posted 05.01.2013 | Gay Voices

International lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates are decrying the death of three teenage boys who were allegedly tortured ...

'Ex-Gay' Poster Child Comes Clean With Surprising Apology

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.25.2013 | Gay Voices

The former poster child of the "ex-gay movement" renounced his controversial past beliefs in an email interview with PQ Monthly last week. John Pa...

Mike Huckabee Has Harsh Words For 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Ban

Posted 04.22.2013 | Gay Voices

Mike Huckabee is sounding off on controversial California legislation banning therapy that aims to turn gay patients straight. On the April 18 ins...

Debunking Reparative Therapy: Why It Matters

Glenda Corwin | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Glenda Corwin

No child should have to experience sexual abuse, ever. But no adult mental health professional should make outlandish statements that just aren't true, and not even logical.

Lila Shapiro

Gay 'Cure' Proponents Defend Practice In New Jersey | 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...

They Tried To Make Me Go To Rehab; I Said, 'No, No, No'

Weston Ashley | Posted 03.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Weston Ashley

My first week back at boarding school for my sophomore year, my father and stepmother came to pick me up to send me to rehab for being gay. I was admitted into a drug and behavioral facility for kids with eating disorders, drug problems and suicidal tendencies. I didn't belong there.

Could Stroking This Horse Change Your Sexuality?

Posted 02.28.2013 | Gay Voices

The idea that a gay person can be "cured" of his or her homosexuality is not a new one. For centuries doctors, therapists and religious figures have t...

Lila Shapiro

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

LOOK: Bizarre 'Will & Grace' Complaint Letter From 'Ex-Gay' Pundit Emerges

Posted 11.28.2012 | Gay Voices

Twelve years after a controversial "Will & Grace" episode, a bizarre letter of complaint from a "former gay man" has emerged. Produced in 2000, th...

I Finally Understand Gay Conversion Therapy!

Wayne Dhesi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Dhesi

This week I found myself beginning to finally understand the concept of gay conversion therapy. I'd always thought that the idea was to "switch off" someone's sexuality and "teach" that person how to fancy the opposite sex. I was wrong.

The Convoluted Legal Case For Reparative Therapy

Wayne Besen | Posted 12.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

If there is one thing that we learned from the Pacific Justice Institute's lawsuit against California Gov. Jerry Brown over a new law banning "ex-gay" therapy for minors, it is that these lawyers' legal case is as logic-challenged and convoluted as the industry they are poorly defending.

Lila Shapiro

'Cure' For Gays Ignites Passion In New Jersey | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.05.2012 | Gay Voices

In California and New Jersey, lawmakers, gay-rights advocates, therapists, and religious organizations are fighting over the future of a controversial...