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Miss. man says he was sexually abused in gay ‘conversion therapy’

| Monday, September 1, 2014
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HERNANDO, Miss. -- A Mississippi man has filed a complaint alleging that a teacher at a church-run school sexually abused him in an attempt to change his sexual orientation from gay to straight. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) assisted in filing the complaint Friday with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department on behalf of Jeff White, 32, a former student of ...

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Attorney: Appeal planned over dismissal of N.J. conversion therapy case

| Friday, August 1, 2014
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NEWARK, N.J. — An attorney for a New Jersey couple says he’ll appeal the dismissal of a lawsuit that challenged the state’s ban on gay conversion therapy. The ruling filed Thursday by U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson rejected the claims of a New Jersey couple who said their constitutional rights were being violated because the law prevents them...

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Federal judge dismisses latest challenge to N.J. ban on gay conversion therapy

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
TRENTON, N.J. -- For the second time in nine months, a federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay conversion therapy. The ruling filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Trenton rejects the claims of a New Jersey couple who said their constitutional rights were being violated because the law prevents them from seeking...

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Chinese man suing clinic for performing electric shock gay conversion therapy

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Gay rights advocates protest outside a court Thursday, July 31, 2014, where the first case in China involving straight conversion therapy is being held.
BEIJING -- A gay Chinese man said Thursday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, as well as the search engine giant Baidu for advertising the center. The Beijing LGBT Center, which campaigns for gay rights, said it was the first court case involving so-called conversion therapy in China. China declassified ...

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Mich. lawmaker introduces bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mich. state lawmaker Adam F. Zemke
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan lawmakers may soon consider whether to ban the controversial practice of gay-to-straight conversion therapy on minors. Legislation was introduced last week by state Rep. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) that would amend Michigan's mental health code to prohibit health professionals from attempting to change the sexual orientation of ...

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to Calif. law banning ‘gay cure’ therapy

| Monday, June 30, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law that bars psychological counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight. The justices turned aside a legal challenge brought by supporters of so-called conversion or reparative therapy. Without comment, they let stand ...

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Gay rights advocates rally at Texas Democratic Convention

| Sunday, June 29, 2014
Eli Olivarez, president of the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus, leads the group as they march across the floor of Dallas Convention Center during the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas, Saturday, June 28, 2014.
DALLAS -- About two dozen gay pride advocates have waved flags and signs during the final day of the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas. Members of the Stonewall Democrats on Saturday stormed the floor during a speech by state Sen. Royce West, whose district is hosting the gathering. Activists waved rainbow flags and homemade signs ...

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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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Campaign aims to end gay-to-straight conversion therapy within five years

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO -- An LGBT legal advocacy group hopes to bring an end to the controversial practice of "gay-to-straight" conversion therapy in U.S. within the next five years. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) on Tuesday announced the launch of "#BornPerfect: The Campaign to End Conversion Therapy," a campaign that would ...

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GOP-led N.Y. Senate blocks reparative therapy ban, transgender protections

| Sunday, June 22, 2014
New York state capitol in Albany.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York state Senate adjourned Friday without calling a vote on two LGBT-related bills passed by the Assembly -- one that would ban reparative therapy for minors, and another that would have added gender identity to the state's non-discrimination laws.

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