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State-by-state battle waged over ‘conversion therapy’ bans

Friday, April 10, 2015
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
There have been several setbacks this year for a state-by-state campaign to ban so-called conversion therapy for LGBT youth. But the White House is now officially an ally, and activists are hopeful of long-term success as they make a case ...

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N.J. judge excludes key ‘conversion therapy’ experts in consumer fraud case

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Southern Poverty Law Center Plaintiffs Benjamin Unger and Chaim Levin
A New Jersey judge has ruled that several prominent proponents of gay-to-straight conversion therapy will not be allowed to testify in a consumer-fraud case against a conversion therapy organization. ...

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‘Ex-gay’ pastor in Puerto Rico outed for adult film past

Monday, February 2, 2015
Jose Santiago
Father Jose Santiago – now married to a woman – says he gave up his adult film past and being gay after being called by God seven years ago. ...

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Beijing court orders ‘ex-gay’ electric shock therapy clinic to compensate gay man

Friday, December 19, 2014
A clinic has been ordered to comensate to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual, believed to be China's first case involving conversion therapy. ...

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Lawmaker responds to anti-gay billboard with bill to ban ‘ex-gay’ therapy for minors

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Patrick Hope
The announcement by Virginia Del. Patrick Hope comes just days after a controversial billboard was erected in Richmond by a group that supports the practice. ...

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‘Ex-gay’ group erects billboard in Richmond declaring ‘nobody is born gay’

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
PFOX billboard along Interstates 95/64 in Richmond, Va.
A group supporting gay-to-straight conversion therapy has put up a billboard along a Virginia interstate declaring "nobody is born gay." ...

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Former reparative therapy leader John Smid marries same-sex partner

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
John Smid (right) and husband Larry McQueen, displaying their marriage license.
John Smid, the former Executive Director of Love in Action — an ex-gay Christian ministry that purported to “restore those trapped” in homosexuality — has married his same-sex partner in Oklahoma. ...

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Ad promoting ‘ex-gay’ movie: ‘Lady Gaga, shut up. I was not born this way.’

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
An advertisement for ex-gay activist David Kyle Foster’s movie, “Such Were Some Of You,” ran during today’s edition of “The 700 Club.” The clip featured activists Michael Brown and Anne Paulk, and one young man who exclaimed: “I have to ...

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Born Perfect: A journey to find a way to change, but instead finding the truth

Saturday, June 28, 2014
I first became aware that I was gay at a time when it was considered a sin, a sickness, and a crime. During elementary and junior high, I was regularly bullied and beaten by boys who sensed somehow that I ...

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‘Newsweek’ owner endorses ‘ex-gay therapy,’ thinks gays can be ‘cured’

Monday, March 31, 2014
Newsweek owners Johnathan Davis (left) and Etienne Uzac.
A profile in The Guardian takes a look at the new owners of the iconic newsmagazine, Newsweek, and how IBT Media co-founder Johnathan Davis believes that gay people can be cured through “gay-to-straight” reparative (on conversion) theraly. ...

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