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Finding Pride After Periods of Shame

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 08.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Gregory G. Allen

When I moved to New York City in 1987, I was an 18-year-old closeted man unsure of what life had in store. A friend of my mother's back in Texas said she knew people who ran a church in the city, and this Southern Baptist boy was looking for something that reminded him of home and was eager to join them.

A Dinner Party... For Ex-Gays?

Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices

So what really happens to those "ex-gays" once they convert and try to embrace a "straight lifestyle" anyways? In this witty new video from UCBCome...

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...

Did This Mother Instruct Her Son To 'Beat The Gay' Out Of His Older Brother?

Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices

A North Carolina-based mother is facing misdemeanor child abuse charges after she allegedly instructed her 12-year-old son to "beat the gay away" from...

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...

September Is 'Ex-Gay Awareness Month,' Right-Wing Group Declares

Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices

The original "Ex-Gay Pride" might have been an overall bust, but that hasn't stopped the right-wing group behind its inception from trying a second ti...

A Gay Dad's Family Teaches the Ex-Gay Movement How to Throw a Real Party

Rob Watson | Posted 10.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

After the poor ex-gays were mind-numbingly humiliated beyond all possible belief in a very public epic fail with their "Ex-Gay Lobby Day," my sons and I decided to sit down and write them a letter with some helpful suggestions.

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...

Happy Heterosexual Awareness Month!

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.10.2013 | Gay Voices

Hopefully you have been celebrating, because it's already 10 days into Heterosexual Appreciation Month! June marks lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans...

WATCH: Viral Video Hunk Reveals His Ex-Gay Therapy Past

Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices

The hunky gay singer-songwriter whose music video made him an overnight sensation is revealing a painful past. Steve Grand, whose country-tinged p...

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...

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.

Michelangelo Signorile

Christian Blogger Caught on Grindr: I Was Looking To Meet Men, But Not For Sex

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.02.2013 | Gay Voices

Matt Moore, the so-called "ex-gay" Christian blogger who was exposed for being on the gay-dating app Grindr in February, says in a new interview that ...

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

Posted 04.16.2013 | Gay 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...

I Finally Understand Gay Conversion Therapy!

Wayne Dhesi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Dhesi

This week I found myself beginning to finally understand the concept of gay conversion therapy. I'd always thought that the idea was to "switch off" someone's sexuality and "teach" that person how to fancy the opposite sex. I was wrong.

'Ex-Gay' Christian Group Backs Away From Reparative Therapy

AP | PATRICK CONDON | Posted 06.27.2012 | Gay Voices

MINNEAPOLIS -- The president of the country's best-known Christian ministry dedicated to helping people repress same-sex attraction through prayer is ...

Christian Organization's Founder Gets Emotional Describing 'Ex-Gay Conversion' Clip

Posted 05.24.2012 | Gay Voices

A Christian group founder's bizarrely emotional speech, delivered while promoting an "instructional" video "built to convert a homosexual," is going v...

It's Time To Ban Reparative Therapy

Wayne Besen | Posted 07.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

Reparative therapy, which seeks to "cure" homosexuality, is a destructive form of consumer fraud, where avaricious practitioners try to profit off their victims by instilling a deep sense of shame and guilt. There is not one shard of evidence supporting such efforts.

Can We Leave The Ex-Gays Alone?

Jayson Littman | Posted 06.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Jayson Littman

The truth is that ex-gays are not fully accepted in their own religious communities. While preachers and rabbis publicly regard their ex-gay congregants as heroes and champions, ex-gays are often ridiculed and judged by the very people that demand they change.

'Ex-Gay' Movement Loses Key Scientific Support After Doctor Retracts Original Claims

Posted 04.11.2012 | Gay Voices

In a move that will no doubt rankle the efforts of anti-gay institutions, the psychiatrist who published a controversial 2001 study proclaiming that "...

Dammit, Janet!

Walt Hawkins | Posted 02.27.2012 | Gay Voices
Walt Hawkins

It has been 11 years since Boynes was "called out of the lesbian lifestyle," and she believes God will bring a husband into her life. I would be the last person to begrudge her that opportunity; I just wish she would extend the same courtesy to my gay brothers and sisters.

Anti-Gay Suburban Hate Group No Longer Tax-Exempt

Posted 10.01.2011 | Chicago

The blog Ex-Gay Watch is reporting that the tax-exempt status of the controversial Naperville, Ill.-based organization Americans For Truth About Homos...

Ex-Gay Therapy Is Scandalous

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Wayne Besen

We need to look beyond the shocking individual scandals to see that reparative therapy at its corrosive core is, in fact, scandalous. Isn't it time these "therapists" shut their doors and finally get the help they so desperately need?

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

Danielle Kaufman, M.D. | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay 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.