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California Conversion Therapy Bill

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 05.30.2013 | Gay 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 ...

Gay Conversion Therapy Is Not Free Speech

Chana Wilson | Posted 06.16.2013 | Gay 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 06.11.2013 | Gay 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.

Lila Shapiro

UN Tackles Gay 'Conversion Therapy' For First Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.01.2013 | Gay Voices

A panel of mental health experts, human rights advocates, religious leaders and a former patient gathered Thursday at the United Nations Church Center...

Conservative Christians' War Against Sexual Minorities

Charles Negy, Ph.D. | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Charles Negy, Ph.D.

You are free to relish in religious liberty in your places of worship. You are not free to cloak your bigotry against sexual minorities in the name of science and the profession of therapy.

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Courage and 'Conversion' Therapy

Ed Coffin | Posted 12.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Ed Coffin

I believe it's so critically important to expose these religious groups and the real harm they're inflicting in people's lives.

SPLC Applauds Gov. Jerry Brown For Leading Nation, Protecting Children By Fighting Dangerous Conversion Therapy

Christine P. Sun | Posted 12.03.2012 | Gay Voices
Christine P. Sun

This dangerous and discredited "therapy" -- sometimes known as "reparative therapy" or "ex-gay therapy" -- claims to change people from gay to straight. The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, not only protects California children but paves the way for a national effort to end this dangerous practice.

California May Ban Sexual Orientation Change Efforts for Youth

Jessica Arevalo | Posted 11.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Jessica Arevalo

I interviewed James Guay, Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and member of the LGBTQ Psychotherapy Association, on his experience with sexual orientation change efforts as well as his advocacy around the proposed bill.

Landmark California Bill Would Protect Gay Minors

Chana Wilson | Posted 10.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Chana Wilson

Passage of California's bill S.B. 1172 would be a monumental, tremendous step toward halting the damage enacted on minors by therapy aimed at converting them to be something other than their true, beautiful, and essential selves.