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Reparative Therapy

Those Holding 'Anti-Gay' Sentiments Need To Stop Making Things Worse By Expressing Outrage Over The Florida Massacre

Mark Baer | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Baer

Many of those spewing anti-gay rhetoric engage in gaslighting, which “is a form of mental abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting their...

This Christian Man Wants People To Learn From His 'Ex-Gay' Experience

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.18.2016 | Queer Voices

A young North Carolina man hopes his story will remind people that they no longer have to decide between identifying themselves as gay or Christian. I...

Killing Queers in Indiana

J. Patrick Redmond | Posted 04.27.2016 | Queer Voices
J. Patrick Redmond

In 1986 Robbie Palmer was murdered in rural Indiana, his body dumped in a farm field drainage ditch, left there to rot, a carcass for the turtles and wildlife to eat. His murder took place long before anyone knew the name Matthew Shepard.

Gay Conversion Therapy Group Targeted In Historic Consumer Fraud Complaint

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of civil rights organizations are filing a historic consumer fraud complaint with the federal government on Wednesday, charging ...

The Desistance Narrative Is Junk Science

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

People should start listening to the transgender community when we say something is going horribly, horribly wrong inside medical institutions with power over us. It's time for the 80 percent desistance figure to be relegated to the same junk science bin as the utterly discredited link between vaccines and autism.

The Truth About Transgender Suicide

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

For this year's transgender awareness week I wanted to write about something that the transgender community and its allies are often afraid to discuss...

This Disturbing Video Exposes China's 'Electroshock' Gay 'Conversion' Methods

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Beijing activist John Shen went undercover in an effort to expose the use of controversial "conversion" methods that promise to "cure" gay and lesbian...

An Open Letter to Al Mohler on Taking a Transparently Meaningless Stand on Reparative Therapy

Derek Penwell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Derek Penwell

The whole thing gets a little muddy after you denounce "secular reparative therapy" and start laying out the alternative.

Southern Baptist Leader Speaks Out Against Controversial Therapy For Gays

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A leading Southern Baptist theologian spoke out against psychological counseling aimed at turning young gays straight, saying h...

Illinois Bans Gay Conversion Therapy For LGBT Youths

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics

Illinois' Republican governor on Thursday signed a law banning mental health therapists from trying to change a young person's sexual orientation or g...

It's Not Over

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

It's not over. Not by a long shot. Not when conservatives are already looking for ways to chip away at marriage equality the way they whittled down reproductive rights to nothing in many states.

Can I Ever Forgive Evangelicals?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.12.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I noticed with interest and, quite frankly, surprise an article headline on the front page of The New York Times dated Tuesday, June 9, 2015, which stated: "Evangelicals Open Door to Debate on Gay Rights."

What Are the Sounds of Transphobic Dinosaurs Dying?

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 06.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Ultimately the age of dinosaurs will pass; their fossils will be discovered by future anthropologist-archeologists to be scrutinized, dissected, and viewed as oddities whose ideas will seem curious for their naiveté.

How Living With A Foster Family Landed This Lesbian In 'Ex-Gay' Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In an interview with HuffPost Live this week, FosterClub member Emily Brunelle recalled how living with foster parents in lieu of her biological famil...

13 Ways to Create Safe & Supportive Schools for LGBATQQI People

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Throughout the world, on university and grade school campuses, in communities and homes, and in the media, issues of sexual identity and gender identity and expression are increasingly "coming out of the closet."

Survivors of Reparative Therapies Speak Out in Solidarity With LGBTQIA Students at Christian Colleges -- #TellOurStoriesToo

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

As an intersex Christian theologian subjected to "reparative" therapies both medically and psychologically for decades, I invite Christians to consider ancient Christian leader Archbishop of Hippo and "Church Father" St. Augustine's view back in the early fifth century.

Unbreakable -- Lessons Learned in an Ex-Gay Bunker

Peterson Toscano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peterson Toscano

Watching Kimmy Schmidt navigate her new world, I recognize that after breaking out of my bunker-like closet, I did not simply come out gay. No, day by day I come out more and more as myself.

Lila Shapiro

Psychology Today Changes Its Position On Conversion Therapy Ads

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

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

Join the Fight to Outlaw Conversion/Reparative Therapy Today

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

The time has come for the entire LGBT community and our allies to join this fight. It is about us. It is a simple fact that no one can or should try to change who we are. Whether we were born gay or lesbian, or whether we were assigned "male" or "female" at birth only to realize that our gender identity doesn't match, no one else should have the right to try to have us changed.

It's Time to Ban 'Reparative Therapy'

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The right is pushing hard on talking points claiming that transgender teens need to be pushed into (religious) "therapy" that no reputable, licensed mental-health professional would provide. Their rationales are riddled with half-truths, logical fallacies, and outright lies. Here are the facts.

Justice for Leelah Alcorn: Pass Leelah's Law

A.J. Walkley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
A.J. Walkley

In an effort to hasten change, the Transgender Human Rights Institute has begun a petition calling for a permanent end to transgender conversion therapy in Leelah's name. At this point, only with help from the federal government can we hope to see differences made quickly in the United States on this front.

Escape From the Ex-Gay Movement

Christian Mentz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Christian Mentz

"There was a psychological 'breaking-me-down' and isolation process from my friends and family because they were considered unhealthy. They did this to achieve complete domination over me to build me up and mold me from there."

Myths About Transition Regrets

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Recently there has been a spate of blog posts raising the specter of transgender people regretting transitioning. They cite their two favorite studies, without actually looking at what the actual studies said, and drag out some old anecdotes. Let's deconstruct the arguments being trotted out one by one.

Man Who Claimed To Be 'Delivered' From Being Gay Insists Viral Testimony Is Legitimate

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The young man who claimed to have been "delivered" from homosexuality at a Christian event in Missouri insists his viral video testimony was legitimat...