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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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A 12-step recovery program for Rick Perry’s homosexuality problem

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
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If you are gay, and you are wishing upon a star, it is probably not a good idea for it to be the Lone Star of Texas. This past week, that particular entity has been more than a little dim in terms of passing out bright news for gay people. The Texas anti-gay rhetoric has been more absurd, if that is possible, than it has been in other LGBT unfriendly states.

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Jon Stewart lampoons Texas GOP’s endorsement of ‘gay cure’ therapy

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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Jon Stewart lampooned Texas Republicans on Tuesday, mocking the party over its adoption of a platform that endorses the controversial practice of gay-to-straight" reparative therapy, and Gov. Rick Perry's recent remarks comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

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N.Y. state Assembly approves ban on reparative therapy for minors

| Monday, June 16, 2014
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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's Assembly has passed a ban against health professionals trying to change a child's sexual orientation through therapy.

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N.Y. state Assembly to consider ban on gay conversion therapy for minors

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Matthew Shurka of Long Island, N.Y., says he remains emotionally scarred from five years of attempts to "cure" his homosexuality.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A proposed ban against New York health professionals trying to change a child's sexual orientation through therapy comes too late for Matthew Shurka, a 26-year-old Long Island man who says he remains emotionally scarred from five years of attempts to "cure" his homosexuality.

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Texas GOP approves platform endorsing ‘reparative therapy’ for gays

| Saturday, June 7, 2014
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Texas Republican Party now endorses so-called "reparative therapy" for gays under a new platform given final approval at its annual convention. Roughly 7,000 delegates Saturday ratified the platform without debating their party's stance on homosexuality on the convention floor.

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N.J. judge: Conversion therapy practitioners could be liable for damages

| Saturday, June 7, 2014
Southern Poverty Law Center Plaintiffs Benjamin Unger and Chaim Levin
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- A judge has ruled that a New Jersey conversion therapy organization is potentially liable for the costs to repair the damage it inflicted on four young people by using discredited therapy it claimed can convert people from gay to straight.

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Gay Republicans may surrender on ‘gay cure therapy’ in fear of tougher platform

| Friday, June 6, 2014
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Gay Republicans in Texas said Friday they may stop fighting their party's proposed endorsement of "reparative therapy" over worries that even tougher anti-gay language could be added to the party platform. The Texas GOP is poised to adopt a new platform this weekend that would support psychological treatments that seek to turn gay people straight.

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