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BET Editor Slams Black Church: ‘Being Gay Is Not A Sin'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.13.2014 | Black Voices

BET.com’s Entertainment Editor Clay Cane joined HuffPost Live Tuesday and expressed his extreme disappointment in the black church for actions that ...

This Is What Happened When I Tried Banning Conversion Therapy in Minnesota

Alec Fischer | Posted 11.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Alec Fischer

Having same-sex marriage legalized one year prior gave us hope that our bill would be heard and eventually passed; if our legislators approved marriage equality, surely they would advocate for the restriction of a practice that treats homosexuality as a curable disorder.

Coming Out Against 'Conversion Therapy'

Samantha Ames | Posted 10.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Samantha Ames

As far as equal rights have come in the last few years, up to a third of LGBTQ people are still subjected to "conversion therapy," among the most damaging forms of psychological abuse a person can endure. Conversion therapy encompasses a range of dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Suicide Prevention Month: Because One Life Lost Is Too Many

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

Our community remains so susceptible to depression and suicide because, although we've made great progress towards equality, we still remain vulnerable to discrimination, harassment and rejection because of who we are and who we love.

'Conversion Therapy' in Indie Film Saugatuck Cures

Ilana Rapp | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Ilana Rapp

The indie film stars Judith Chapman, Max Adler, and Danny Mooney. Chapman plays Maggie, the mother of Drew (played by Adler), who is gay and goes on an adventure to convert homosexuals into heterosexuals in order to raise money to help pay for his mom's cancer treatments.

Man Claims Church Teacher Raped Him As A 'Gay Cure'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 09.03.2014 | Gay Voices

A Mississippi man is claiming that a local Baptist school teacher raped him as a means of a gay cure. Jeff White, now 32, told the Washington Blad...

God Wants You to Be Happy: Inside an Ex-Gay Ministry

Jesse Jackman | Posted 09.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Jesse Jackman

Though the prospect of salvation seemed to brim with promise at the time, I was completely unaware of how much psychological damage the "treatment" would inflict upon me. I was blinded by insecurity, inexperience, and the fact that I'd finally met others who genuinely seemed to understand my feelings of isolation.

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

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.26.2014 | 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.

All LGBT Kids Are #BornPerfect

Kate Kendell, Esq. | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Kate Kendell, Esq.

Even as we seem closer than ever to winning the freedom to marry nationwide, a persistent and longstanding threat has reemerged.

Taking On Conversion Therapy in Texas

Stuart Gaffney | Posted 08.17.2014 | 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 08.16.2014 | 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.

Rick Perry Defers To Scientists On Gay Conversion Therapy, Forgets They Already Trashed It

The Huffington Post | David McCabe | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said Monday that he wasn't sure whether it's possible to stop someone from being gay through a process known as conversion t...

Protecting Our LGBT Youth From Conversion Therapy

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

It's almost hard to believe in 2014 in the United States that what has come to be known as "conversion therapy" still exists. The sad truth is that this damaging practice is alive and well in many parts of the country, including in progressive states like New York.

Lawmakers Seeking To Outlaw 'Conversion Therapy' In Hawaii

www.civilbeat.com | Posted 01.17.2014 | Hawaii

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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.

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.

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.

Fraud Lawsuit Against Jewish Ex-Gay Group Begins

Religion News Service | Corrie Mitchell | Posted 07.18.2013 | Religion

RNS) A month after the nation’s leading Christian “ex-gay” group apologized and announced plans to close, a similar Jewish group is facing a fir...

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.

Cavan Sieczkowski

Happy... 'Ex-Gay Pride Month'?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices

The "traditional marriage"-touting Family Research Council plans to usher in the first annual "Ex-Gay Pride Month" dinner in an attempt to promote "ex...

Lila Shapiro

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

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 06.25.2013 | Gay 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...

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.

'Ex-Gay' Group Shuts Down, But Movement Is Re-Branding

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

It's terrific news that Exodus International, the largest and most known group that promoted "reparative therapy," is shutting down. But don't be fooled into thinking this is anything more than a re-branding for the "pray-away-the-gay" movement. It's certainly not a surrender.

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 ...