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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.

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.

Judge William Shubb's Injudicious View of 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Wayne Besen | Posted 02.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

In an odd court decision released Monday, federal judge William Shubb temporarily blocked California from enforcing S.B. 1172, a groundbreaking law that prohibits anti-gay therapists from trying to turn gay minors straight. It seems Shubb is a bit confused about the First Amendment.

California's Gay Conversion Therapy Law Blocked

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 02.02.2013 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO — Two federal judges in California have arrived at opposite conclusions on whether the state's first-of-its-kind law prohibiting l...

The Convoluted Legal Case For Reparative Therapy

Wayne Besen | Posted 12.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

If there is one thing that we learned from the Pacific Justice Institute's lawsuit against California Gov. Jerry Brown over a new law banning "ex-gay" therapy for minors, it is that these lawyers' legal case is as logic-challenged and convoluted as the industry they are poorly defending.

So Cal Student Says 'Gay Cure' Worked For Him

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.05.2012 | Los Angeles

A Southern California college student who claims he reversed his own homosexuality with reparative therapy has filed a lawsuit against California for ...

California Governor Signs Historic LGBT Law

Posted 09.30.2012 | Gay Voices

California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a historic bill that will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) minors from "repara...

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.

A Gay Dad Sounds Off on California's Proposed Ban on Administering 'Ex-Gay' Therapy to Children

Rob Watson | Posted 10.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

The California legislature has passed another bill in an effort to create a state where the society is truly affirming and equal for all. This bill has the objective of making our state safe for teens and children.

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.