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Reparative Therapy

Evangelism as Therapy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.07.2014 | 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.

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

Nathan Manske | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay 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.

'Family' Group Representative Advises Mom To Pursue 'Ex-Gay' Group For Daughter Who Came Out

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices

No stranger to anti-gay declarations, the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg advised a mother to pursue organizations which advocate for reparativ...

Rick Perry, This Is What Happens When People Are Forced to Live in the Closet

Juliet Jeske | Posted 06.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Juliet Jeske

Rick, do you ever wonder what happens to gay men and women when they try to force themselves to live a lie? Well Rick, I've got news for you. Most mixed orientation marriages end catastrophically, with both partners greatly damaged. I was in one of those marriages.

Taking On Conversion Therapy in Texas

Stuart Gaffney | Posted 06.17.2014 | 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.

Why Rick Perry Thinks It's Politically Clever to Liken Homosexuality to Alcoholism

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

While it was widely reported that Perry had likened homosexuality to alcoholism, it went almost unnoticed that the Texas GOP platform had removed its prior call to recriminalize homosexuality. And that may be a key fact in understanding what is going on in the minds of Texas GOP leaders.

That Time the Texas Republicans Fell into a Time Warp

Sara Goldfarb | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Sara Goldfarb

There simply isn't any way to explain how, in 2014, the Texas Republican Party legitimately believed its hot-off-the-presses policy platform should include "reparative therapy" for gays.

LOOK: 'Ex-Gay' Billboard Angers Kentucky's LGBT Community

Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Kentucky's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is crying foul over the appearance of a bizarre billboard will appears to promote a...

The Awful 'Therapy' We Need To Stop Writing About

Susannah Meyer | Posted 04.12.2014 | Teen
Susannah Meyer

Imagine this: you're a confused teenager growing up, fostered by social pressures that dictate who you should be, what you should do and who you should be with. Instead of working to accept yourself, you're encouraged to partake in "reparative therapy" or gay conversion.

U.S. Air Force Academy -- It Doesn't Get Better

Tom Carpenter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

Setting off yet another scandal, the United States Air Force Academy has hired and promoted "ex-gay" cure advocate, Dr. Michael Rosebush, USAFA 1975, as a staff member for the Academy's Center of Character and Leadership Development.

Ex-Gay Therapy and the Dangers of the Pulpit in South Mississippi

Zach Magee | Posted 11.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Zach Magee

Lakeside Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Miss., is hosting a conference led by Refuge461, an ex-gay "ministry." Members of GetEQUAL Mississippi, Walk Fellowship, and OMEGA Mississippi have organized a rally to send a message of love, acceptance, and hope to those attending this conference.

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...

Another Step Toward Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

Chana Wilson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Chana Wilson

Hallelujah! The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld California's S.B. 1172, the landmark bill that makes it illegal for licensed California therapists to practice gay conversion therapy on minors. Last April I felt compelled to go to court to hear the appeals case.

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...

What Went Wrong for the 'Ex-Gays' in New Jersey?

Wayne Besen | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

Although the religious right is a determined group, at some point they must show actual human beings who succeeded through "self-determination" at becoming heterosexual. Until then, they might as well be defending the right of a goat to become a unicorn.

Chris Christie Gets It Right on Gay Conversion Therapy, Needs to Support Gay Marriage

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill barring licensed therapists from trying to make gay minors straight. In doing so, New Jersey becomes the second state to ban the "therapy," following in the footsteps of California.

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...

Michelangelo Signorile

Why 'Ex-Gay' Organization's Former President Still Rejects Labels

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.05.2013 | Gay Voices

The president of the now-defunct “ex-gay” organization, Exodus International, has been married to a woman for nearly 16 years. But he rejects labe...

The Downfall of Exodus International Signals Change

Mia Norton | Posted 09.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Mia Norton

Exodus International and similar organizations may not be performing frontal lobotomies to try to alter one's sexual orientation, but the psychological damage that has been inflicted on countless people is indisputable.

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.

The End of Exodus Doesn't Mean the End of 'Ex-Gay' Movements

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Exodus taught that gays and lesbians could either change or repress their sexual attractions through a process of prayer and counseling. So its disappearance is a major change in the ex-gay ministry landscape. But the ideas behind Exodus' ministry continue to thrive.

Should We Forgive the Repentant Leader of an 'Ex-Gay' Ministry?

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

His apology reads as sincere and heartfelt, to be sure. But it raises some bigger questions: What are the possibilities and limits of forgiveness? What does true redemption look like? Do the people hurt by Chambers' actions have an obligation to forgive?

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.

Exodus International's Alan Chambers: Bending History's Arc

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The vulnerability of this man's confession is nothing short of overwhelming. The bravery he demonstrates should stand as an example to all people, and in particular, all Christians.

Jaweed Kaleem

It's Not Over: Ex-Gay Groups Vow To Fight On After Leading 'Gay Cure' Group Closes

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.22.2013 | Gay Voices

When Jenelle Linden, a 51-year-old therapist who lives in South Bend, Ind., heard that one of the nation's most prominent "ex-gay" organizations was s...