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Mathew Shurka

Listen To One Gay Man's Harrowing Story About Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.22.2016 | Queer Voices

The Republican party’s platform advocates for conversion therapy, a treatment that’s meant to change an LGBT person’s gender or sexual orientati...

Lila Shapiro

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

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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. ...

Conversion Therapy Tears Father and Son Apart, but Forgiveness Reunites Them (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-06-26-20140626MathewShurkasmall.jpgNew Yorker Mathew Shurka came out at the age of 16 to his initially supportive father, who promised to love his son no matter what, and to always stay by his son's side. However, his father's thinking became more and more influenced by homophobia and harmful stereotypes surrounding the gay community.

Lila Shapiro

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

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...