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Dallas billboard company says ‘repulsive’ conversion therapy ad coming down

Sunday, January 18, 2015
Joel 2:25 International (via Facebook)
A billboard in Dallas, Texas, claiming that gay-to-straight "reparative therapy really works," will be coming down after the billboard's owner said it was misled by the ad's content. ...

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Former ‘ex-gay poster boy,’ Exodus VP Randy Thomas comes out as gay

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Randy Thomas
Former anti-gay activist and conversion therapy proponent Randy Thomas, who once served as vice-president of the now defunct "ex-gay" therapy group Exodus International, has come out as gay. ...

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D.C. mayor signs bill prohibiting conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Monday, December 22, 2014
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signs the bill outlawing gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth.
The District of Columbia becomes the third U.S. jurisdiction — behind California and New Jersey — to pass legislation protecting LGBT youth from being subjected to conversion therapy. ...

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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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Challenge to N.J. ban on conversion therapy appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, December 5, 2014
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court decision upholding New Jersey's ban on conversion therapy for LGBT youth has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The anti-gay legal group Liberty Counsel on Wednesday asked the court to review a September ...

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D.C. Council approves bill to ban conversion therapy on LGBT youth

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
The D.C. Council has approved a bill to prohibit LGBT youth from undergoing gay-to-straight conversion therapy. ...

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Christian parents of gay kids challenging church views on homosexuality

Friday, November 28, 2014
Linda and Rob Robertson point out a quote on the headstone of the grave of their son, Ryan, in Issaquah, Wash. The couple, evangelical Christians, brought their son to "reparative therapy" when he came out to them as gay. His sexual orientation didn't change, and he became addicted to drugs and eventually died of an overdose. The Robertsons are now dedicated to helping other evangelical parents accept their gay children.
Rob and Linda Robertson did what they believed was expected of them as good Christians. When their 12-year-old son Ryan said he was gay, they told him they loved him, but he had to change. He entered "reparative therapy," met regularly ...

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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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Marcus Bachmann defends ex-gay therapy at controversial clinic

Monday, November 10, 2014
Marcus Bachmann
Retiring Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann’s husband Marcus is defending the dangerous, pseudo-scientific, practice of sexual orientation conversion therapy that he conducts at his clinic Counseling Care, previously known as Bachmann & Associates. ...

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