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Reparative therapy: ‘It is shocking that we are still shocking people!’

Sunday, February 10, 2013
Forty years ago, in 1973, the American Psychiatric Association announced that homosexuality was not a mental illness. “Conversion or Reparative therapy” has been rejected by the World Health Organization, the American Psychological Association and almost every other professional therapeutic group in America to date. When a medication is harmful, we pull it off the market, yet we allow a so-called therapeutic practice that we know is harmful to be used on minors. There is something very wrong here... [ Read more → ]

Lambda Legal urges federal appeals court to uphold ban on reparative therapy

Friday, February 8, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Lambda Legal has filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, urging the court to uphold the California law known as SB 1172 that prohibits mental health providers from performing controversial “gay-to-straight” conversion therapy on LGBT youth. [ Read more → ]

Will the Supreme Court read the most horrific children’s book of all time?

Friday, February 1, 2013
Richard Cohen is one of the most prominent purveyors of reparative therapy, the harmful process of trying to “cure” homosexuality that was recently banned for minors in California. And his book Alfie’s Home, cited in PFOX’s Supreme Court brief, is the most horrifically disturbing children’s book we have ever seen... [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)

Brown appeals injunction blocking enforcement of conversion therapy ban

Friday, January 4, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- California Gov. Jerry Brown this week appealed a U.S. District Court injunction that has blocked the enforcement of a new state law that prohibits providing controversial "gay-to-straight" conversion therapy to LGBT youth. [ Read more → ]

Stroking a horse can cure ‘the gay’ – Yippee, ki Yah!

Sunday, December 30, 2012
So, let me see if I have this correct… if I use Equine Assisted Psychotherapy – which is sessions involving the stroking of horses – this will aid in the “curing” the “addiction” of my homosexuality. So says Raymond Bell, the Pastor of the Cowboy Church of Virginia. (I can’t make this up!) [ Read more → ]

Court grants delay of Cailf. law banning conversion therapy on LGBT minors

Friday, December 21, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Friday blocked the start of a new California law that prohibits therapists from practicing sexual orientation conversion, or "reparative," therapy on minors. [ Read more → ]

Proposed legislation in N.J. would ban conversion therapy for LGBT minors

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. -- A bill has been introduced that could make New Jersey the nation’s second state to impose limits on gay-to-straight "reparative," or "conversion" therapy. [ Read more → ]
Mat Staver

Liberty Counsel appeals ruling, calls limits on ex-gay therapy ‘child endangerment’

Friday, December 7, 2012
After a district court judge rejected their challenge of California’s law prohibits therapists from practicing dangerous sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors, Liberty Counsel has decided to appeal the ruling and has continued to portray the law as a boon to child predators. [ Read more → ]

Federal judge rules California ban on conversion therapy can go forward

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by an anti-LGBT group to postpone the January 1, 2013 start of California’s new law banning controversial gay-to-straight conversion, or "reparative" therapy, for LGBT youth. [ Read more → ]

Judge grants temporary injunction on California’s ban on reparative therapy

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
A federal judge in California on Monday issued a temporary injunction on the state's ban on controverial gay-to-straight "conversion" therapy, but limited the scope of his order to just the three providers who have appealed the ban. [ Read more → ]

Storming the ‘Ex-Gay’ Shores

Thursday, November 29, 2012
In 1998, 15 religious right organizations launched a huge advertising campaign to promote “pray away the gay” programs. Anti-gay activist Robert Knight called the “Truth in Love” campaign the “Normandy Landing in the larger cultural wars.” Things didn’t quite work out as Knight had hoped... [ Read more → ]

Advocacy groups denounce ‘Dr. Oz’ for debating merits of reparative therapy

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Three of the nation's largest LGBT advocacy organizations on Wednesday denounced the syndicated "Dr. Oz" television show for airing an episode debating the merits of so-called reparative therapy, and for positioning a representative of the discredited National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) as an “expert.” [ Read more → ]

U.S. Congresswoman calls for end to LGBT ‘conversion quackery’

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Wednesday introduced the Stop Harming Our Kids (SHOK) resolution, co-sponsored by Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.), aimed a protecting LGBT youth from psychological abuse caused by "gay to-straight" conversion therapy. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)

Calif. Congresswoman to introduce resolution targeting reparative therapy

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) has announced that she will introduce a House resolution on Wednesday, Nov. 28, asking the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage states to take steps to prevent minors from being harmed by controversial and discredited gay-to-straight conversion therapy. [ Read more → ]

SPLC files groundbreaking lawsuit accusing conversion therapy organization of fraud

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Southern Poverty Law Center on Tuesday filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit accusing a New Jersey organization of consumer fraud for offering conversion therapy services – a discredited practice that claims to convert people from gay to straight. [ Read more → ]

Advocacy groups move to defend California’s ban on reparative therapy

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Two LGBT advocacy groups, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Equality California, filed court papers late Friday seeking to intervene in a federal lawsuit challenging the new California law protecting LGBT youth from "gay-to-straight" reparative therapy. [ Read more → ]

Philly lawmaker introduces bill to ban reparative therapy for minors

Sunday, October 14, 2012
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Rep. Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia) has introduced a bill that would ban mental health providers from offering "gay-to-straight" reparative therapy for minors. [ Read more → ]
Aubrey Levin

Canadian ‘gay cure’ doctor to stand trial for sexually assaulting patients

Friday, October 12, 2012
Aubrey Levin, a Canadian psychiatrist and longtime proponent of so-called “ex-gay” therapy, will face charges in Calgary next week that he sexually assaulted male patients. A jury ruled Tuesday that he was fit to stand trial, despite Levin’s claims that he suffers from the early stages of dementia. [ Read more → ]
Jerry, a 23-year-old Texan, said he underwent seven years of conversion therapy, according to an SPLC video.

Law, health groups target Illinois ‘ex-gay’ services social worker with complaint

Friday, October 12, 2012
The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Thursday, calling upon the department’s licensing board to investigate the practices of a Chicago-area social worker, who they say practices ”ex-gay” conversion therapy services. [ Read more → ]

Staver, Barber: Banning ‘ex-gay’ therapy is like encouraging alcoholism, pedophilia, kleptomania

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver and Matt Barber said on the “Faith and Freedom” radio program Wednesday that banning therapists from seeking to turn gay kids straight is like requiring therapists to help people accept and embrace their alcoholism, pedophilia, or kleptomania. [ Read more → ]

The convoluted legal case for reparative therapy

Saturday, October 6, 2012
If there is one thing that we learned by the Pacific Justice Institute’s lawsuit against California Gov. Jerry Brown, and anyone in his orbit remotely connected to a new law banning “ex-gay” therapy for minors, is that these lawyers are as logic challenged and convoluted as the industry they are poorly defending. [ Read more → ]

‘Cured’ student, anti-gay groups sue California over ban on reparative therapy for minors

Friday, October 5, 2012
Therapists who purportedly counsel gay and lesbian patients into heterosexuality and two anti-gay organizations have filed lawsuits seeking an injunction against California's recently approved ban on reparative therapy for minors. [ Read more → ]

Surviving my own personal hell, living through ‘dyke to wife’ reparative therapy

Thursday, October 4, 2012
It was the 1970s reparative therapy for gays – you ignored who you were and tried to be what society, your church and your family wanted you to be. I did my best. I went to church, I sang in the choir, I had a job. I cooked, cleaned, did laundry and tried to be happy. The thing is – I wasted over 20 years of my life, and the life of my husband, trying to be someone I wasn’t... [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay group threatens lawsuit over California’s ban on reparative therapy

Monday, October 1, 2012
Just two days after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill banning psychological therapy aimed at turning gay and lesbian youth straight — often referred to as reparative therapy -- the anti-gay organization Liberty Counsel announced Monday it is preparing a lawsuit aimed at preventing the law from taking effect. [ Read more → ]

California Governor signs landmark legislation to ban reparative therapy for minors

Sunday, September 30, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday made history by signing a landmark legislation banning psychological therapy aimed at turning gay and lesbian youth straight — often referred to as reparative therapy. [ Read more → ]
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