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Gay Conversion Therapy

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

Jesse Jackman | Posted 07.21.2014 | 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.

Evangelism as Therapy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Encountering the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg in the D.C. Council Chambers on June 27 took me back five years to our battles over the District's marriage equality bill. This time it was a hearing on a bill to prohibit conversion therapy for minors.

48 States Still Allow This Ridiculous Thing, But California's Now Free To Ban It

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 07.03.2014 | Gay Voices

The Supreme Court this week declined to hear a case challenging California's ban on "therapies" meant to turn lesbian, gay and bisexual youth straight...

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Law Banning Gay Therapy

AP | By LISA LEFF | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law that bars psychological cou...

All LGBT Kids Are #BornPerfect

Kate Kendell, Esq. | Posted 06.26.2014 | 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.

Texas GOP Chair Laments Inclusion Of Gay Conversion Therapy In Party Platform

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics

Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri lamented the adoption of language supporting gay conversion "therapy" to the party's platform on Thurs...

Perry Admits He 'Stepped Right In It'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) admits he "stepped right in it" when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism while discussing gay conversion therapy last we...

Taking On Conversion Therapy in Texas

Stuart Gaffney | Posted 06.17.2014 | 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.

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...

Laura Bassett

Texas Governor Candidate Uses Plane Owned By 'Gay Conversion Therapy' Funders

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) dodged the question last week of whether he agrees with his party's support for "reparative therapy," a process...

Rick Perry Compares Homosexuality To Alcoholism

AP | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, during a visit that focused primarily on economic issues, drew on a reference to alcoholism to explain h...

Jennifer Bendery

House Committee Invites Witness To Go On Anti-Gay Rant, Because Religious Freedom

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A House subcommittee held a Tuesday hearing on religious freedom and, among other witnesses, Liberty University dean and professor of la...

Texas GOP Platform Draft Endorses Gay Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel & Kasey Varner | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

A draft of the Texas Republican Party's new platform embraces gay conversion therapy, arguing that it is a viable option for "patients who are seeking...

'Bedroom Intruder' Viral Video Star Says He'd Help 'Fix' Son If He Is Gay

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.05.2014 | Gay Voices

Hide your kids, cause this viral Internet sensation seems to be, unfortunately, a proponent of gay conversion therapy. Antoine Dodson, who gained w...

A Child Is Listening: Your Homophobia's Real Impact

Jarrett Hill | Posted 06.08.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett Hill

To the ladies who felt the man was "a waste" and a "damn shame" for possibly being gay, I pray that there isn't a child who will read your words online or hear them from your mouth.

Maryland Lawmaker Accuses Gay Conversion Group Of Profiting Off Ignorance, Traumatizing Teens

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

Maryland state Del. Jon Cardin (D) accused advocates for so-called gay conversion therapy of “preaching false science” that traumatizes teenagers ...

Another State May Soon Ban Gay Conversion Therapy For Minors

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

The practice of so-called "conversion" therapy on minors -- in which therapists attempt to "cure" their patients of homosexuality -- could soon be ban...

UPDATE: Would You Choose to Be Straight? New Sci-Fi Film Explores (WATCH HERE)

Connor Hurley | Posted 05.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Connor Hurley

In October of 2012, I wrote about the personal inspiration behind my award-winning short film The Naturalist (which you can read here). In my post, ...

The Awful 'Therapy' We Need To Stop Writing About

Susannah Meyer | Posted 04.12.2014 | Teen
Susannah Meyer

Imagine this: you're a confused teenager growing up, fostered by social pressures that dictate who you should be, what you should do and who you should be with. Instead of working to accept yourself, you're encouraged to partake in "reparative therapy" or gay conversion.

Sadness Over Governor Christie's Problems

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

As a Democrat from Pennsylvania who is hoping Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016, I am not doing cartwheels over New Jersey Governor Chris...

I Appreciate Your Insistence, but No, I'm Not Gay

Eric Barry | Posted 02.02.2014 | Comedy
Eric Barry

These days jokes about my sexuality hardly bother me, but the ownership that many women feel they have over it most certainly does. Let's dish! (I'm thinking my new catchphrase will really help reinforce my masculinity.)

'Ask Amy' Offers AMAZING Advice To Homophobic Parent

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices

Advice columnist "Ask Amy," otherwise known as Amy Dickinson, had some choice words for a parent who just doesn't know what to do with their gay son, ...

Lila Shapiro

Conversion Therapy Ban Proposed In Pennsylvania

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 09.18.2013 | Gay Voices

The effort to ban a controversial therapy that purports to make gay people straight is gaining momentum in Pennsylvania, say opponents of the practice...

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.

California Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Upheld By Court

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court sided with California on Thursday and upheld the first law in the nation banning a psychological treatme...