iOS app Android app

Reparative Therapy

The Downfall of Exodus International Signals Change

Mia Norton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Shock the Gay Away: Secrets of Early Gay Aversion Therapy Revealed (PHOTOS)

Jamie Scot | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jamie Scot

Before the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1973, aversion therapy was used routinely in hopes that it would prevent or eliminate homosexual behavior.

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

Danielle Kaufman, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Exodus 'Ex-Gays' and an Effeminate Boy

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion
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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 ...

The Curse of Reparative Therapy

George Weinberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
George Weinberg

The mental health profession, not content with trying to solve real problems, has over the years proposed solving imaginary ones. The current debate is over the right to even try to cure homosexuality. The adage that there's no harm in trying doesn't hold. There is great harm in trying.

How to Be a Good Son When You're Gay

David Michael McFarlane | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Michael McFarlane

In my mother's mind, I am straight but deluded by the "homosexual agenda," a nefarious term she continues to use, or tweets about, at least, and compares to the Taliban. This is problematic for a number of reasons. The main one being that her son is gay.

Evangelist Compares Gays To Murderers, Rapists And Thieves In Shocking Rant

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In what could very well be this week's least-surprising news, conservative evangelist Pat Robertson compared gay people to murderers, rapists and thie...

Lila Shapiro

Group Invokes Jerry Sandusky, Claims Proposed 'Gay-Cure' Ban Could Harm Abuse Victims

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

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

GOP Congressman's Gay Son: Reparative Therapy Built My Confidence, Helped Me Talk With Guys

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The openly gay son of Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) tells Anderson Cooper that his time in reparative, or "ex-gay," therapy helped him become more comfor...

Gay Conversion Therapy Is Not Free Speech

Chana Wilson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chana Wilson

State licensing boards and the courts already enforce speech-based restrictions on mental health professionals. The government absolutely has the power to protect children from treatments by state-licensed mental health professionals that are ineffective, harmful and abusive.

'First, Do No Harm': California's S.B. 1172 And My Experience With Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

K. Tyler Christensen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
K. Tyler Christensen

In 2002 I elected to get help to "cure" my homosexuality through a so-called therapeutic practice, "reparative therapy." I was 21, an adult, and I knowingly sought out help because I was told that my same-sex feelings were a "choice" that was wrong and curable.

Debunking Reparative Therapy: Why It Matters

Glenda Corwin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

NARTH Loses Tax Exempt Status

Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D. | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D.

In recent days NARTH's office has been telling potential donors that the IRS notice is a mistake. However, NARTH has not issued any statement nor alerted donors that donations to NARTH claimed on a tax return may subject the taxpayer to a penalty.

Chris Christie Weighs In On Gay Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has come out against the practice known as gay conversion therapy, after facing intense criticism for saying he did...

Chris Christie Unsure About Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Wednesday he isn't sure whether to back legislation that would ban the controversial practice known as gay con...

For the Love of... Hate Mail!

Brian Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brian Stone

When I was in boot camp they said you weren't a real Sailor until your shoulders were covered in sea salt. I was so excited when, one day, out at sea, I realized my shoulders had a nice dusting of white, fluffy salt granules.