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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
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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 say, Lady Gaga, shut up. I was not born this way.” Foster has warned of gay brainwashing...

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

Saturday, June 28, 2014
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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 was different, who called me “homo” and “sissy.” Before I even reached my teens, I had decided that someday – somehow – I would find a way to change...

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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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Gays angered over billboard created by ‘ex-gay’ founder of Christian ministry

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
WDRB-TV
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- An anti-gay billboard in Kentucky has created controversy among the gay community and its allies, and they are calling for its removal.

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London ban on anti-gay bus ad put in doubt by court of appeal ruling

Monday, January 27, 2014
Competing ads: Stonewall UK's message (top) that "some people are gay;" Core Issues Trust's ad (below) that some people are "ex-gay" and proud.
LONDON -- A ban on a Christian charity's bus advertisements suggesting that gay people can “cured” was put in doubt on Monday by a court of appeal judgment.

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LGBT youth must be allowed to grow into authentic adults they’re meant to be

Saturday, January 25, 2014
AP
Coming of age in the most supportive of environments can be a grueling process for any adolescent; coming to terms with one’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in a state that allows so-called therapists to try to change who they are can be devastating. Minors do not have full, legal control over their healthcare and legislation is needed to protect them from being subjected to quackery judgments that they’re anything but normal. The damaging practice of trying to change LGBT minors and deny them of their authentic identities needs to stop...

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Lawmakers in Minn., N.Y., introduce bills to ban conversion therapy for minors

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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Lawmakers in Minnesota and New York have introduced legislation to prohibit the use of controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth.

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Md. lawmaker to introduce bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Thursday, January 9, 2014
Del. Jon S. Cardin
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Maryland lawmaker said he plans to introduce a bill this legislative session that would prohibit the use of controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth.

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Air Force Academy: No legal basis to terminate former ex-gay therapist

Monday, December 23, 2013
U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. Air Force Academy said Friday that the academy will not fire or transfer a research analyst who came under fire last month for his history of work with organizations that seek to change gays’ and lesbians’ sexual orientations.

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