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Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

The Cause of Homosexuality Is Irrelevant

Mark Baer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Baer

Many people seem fixated on the fact that the actual cause of homosexuality has not yet been established with any degree of certainty. As someone who likes to understand the reasons things occur, I respect and appreciate the curiosity. However, the ultimate result remains the same, regardless of whether the cause is genetic, environmental, or some combination of the two.

That Time the Texas Republicans Fell into a Time Warp

Sara Goldfarb | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Sara Goldfarb

There simply isn't any way to explain how, in 2014, the Texas Republican Party legitimately believed its hot-off-the-presses policy platform should include "reparative therapy" for gays.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.