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Banning reparative therapy: A proper restriction on parental rights

Sunday, September 2, 2012
Parents do not raise their children in a vacuum, but instead society has to deal with the repercussions of how that child was raised. Thus, though society cannot, and should not, dictate how a parent raises their child, there are limits – very few limits – to what a parent can do with their child. In my opinion, reparative therapy should fall into this limitation... [ Read more → ]

California OK’s landmark legislation to ban reparative therapy for minors

Thursday, August 30, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California state legislature on Thursday passed the nation's first law banning psychological therapy aimed at turning gay and lesbian youth straight -- often referred to as reparative therapy -- sending the measure to Gov. Jerry Brown for approval. [ Read more → ]

California Assembly passes landmark bill to protect LGBT youth from reparative therapy

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Assembly on Tuesday voted 52 to 21 in favor of a bill that will protect LGBT youth from treatments by mental health practitioners who falsely claim to be able change their sexual orientation or gender expression. [ Read more → ]

Memo to PFOX: We don’t need your rehabilitation

Sunday, August 19, 2012
“Victims,” best describes those who participate (especially those forced to participate) in the macabre ritual of self-loathing that SOCE (sexual orientation change efforts) groups advocate. These are not institutions of healing. But are institutions of shame and degradation. They are not based in science, instead they’re based in ancient dogma, blind bigotry, and willful ignorance. [ Read more → ]
State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance, Calif.)

Bill prohibiting ‘ex-gay’ therapy for minors called ‘fascism, ex-gay bashing’

Monday, August 13, 2012
REEDVILLE, Va. -- A new bill making its way through the California state legislature that would ban "ex-gay" reparative therapy for minors, has been called "fascism and ex-gay bashing" by the head of an "ex-gay" advocacy group. [ Read more → ]

California state Senate approves bill to ban ‘ex-gay’ therapy

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California State Senate today approved a bill designed to limit the ability of mental health providers in California to engage in dangerous sexual orientation change efforts (sometimes referred to as “ex-gay therapy,” “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy”). [ Read more → ]

It is Time to Ban Reparative Therapy

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Reparative therapy, which seeks to “cure” homosexuality, is a destructive form of consumer fraud, where avaricious practitioners try to profit off their victims by instilling a deep sense of shame and guilt. There is not one shard of evidence supporting such efforts, while there is a long trail of blood and tears from the human casualties who bought into the lie that they were abnormal and needed to be converted into heterosexuals... [ Read more → ]

California Senate committee advances bill to limit reparative therapy

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Legislation designed protect LGBT minors from what critics charge is harmful and ineffective ex-gay therapy, advanced through a California state Senate Committee on Monday. [ Read more → ]
Robert Spitzer

Psychiatrist behind controversial ‘ex-gay’ study retracts original claims

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
In a move that serves as a significant blow to "ex-gay" programs and anti-gay organizations, Dr. Robert Spitzer has repudiated his much-criticized 2001 study that claimed some "highly motivated" homosexuals could go from gay to straight. [ Read more → ]
Mirella Salemi

Lesbian chef awarded $1.6 million from ‘pray away the gay’ boss

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
NEW YORK -- A jury in New York has award $1.6 million to to a lesbian chef who accused restaurateur Edward Globokar of forcing her to participate in prayer meetings at Mary Ann’s, a Mexican restaurant in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood. [ Read more → ]
Damon Thompson

Anti-gay preacher Damon Thompson abruptly gone from ministry position

Monday, February 20, 2012
HAMILTON, Ala. -- There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth among supporters of The Ramp ministry in Hamilton Sunday night as it became evident that ‘Prophet’ Damon Thompson had either left or been removed from the ministry. [ Read more → ]

The Top 10 Ex-Gay Stories of 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
In June, I penned a column, “The Fall of the Ex-Gay Myth,” which predicted that so-called “ex-gay” programs would crumble from internal rot. “It’s time for the discredited ‘ex-gay’ myth to simply go away and be rightfully viewed as an experiment that was tried and failed,” I wrote at the time. In the months since this column was written the decline of these “pray away the gay” organizations has only accelerated. [ Read more → ]
Fiona Simpson

Australian Member of Parliament suggests: If you’re gay, ‘grow out of it’

Friday, October 28, 2011
Fiona Simpson, a member of the Queensland Parliament, who is actively seeking a ministerial position in a Liberal National Party government that would entail responsibilities for community services and women's services agencies, is being criticized for a 2002 speech where she said that "people can grow out of the homosexual lifestyle thanks to efforts by “compassionate” support groups" such as Exodus Ministries International. [ Read more → ]

Of all the ‘ex-gay’ ministries, John Smid’s ‘was the most cult-like’

Friday, October 14, 2011
For decades, John Smid had been the leader of Love in Action, the infamous “ex-gay” ministry that took away the underwear of clients if the undergarments appeared too gay. The strict Memphis-based ministry also used an egg timer in the bathroom to make sure its clients would not masturbate while showering. [ Read more → ]

SPLC debunks 10 myths commonly used to demonize LGBT people

Monday, October 10, 2011
Bullying and anti-gay violence are by far the worst legacy arising from the falsehoods spread by the Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA), according to a new intelligence report by the Southern Poverty Law Center that examines two of the most powerful and influential organizations in the American anti-gay lobby. [ Read more → ]

The ‘Ex-Gay’ Myth: In demise, yet still a danger

Friday, September 16, 2011
In the past two years, there has been an epidemic of eight suicides in Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin school district. Anti-gay bullying may have played a role in half of the suicides... [ Read more → ]

Survivor: MIT grad student Samuel Brinton remembers ‘ex-gay’ therapy

Thursday, August 25, 2011
On eve of a reparative therapy conference in New Hampshire, 23-year-old draws on painful experience to help others. Samuel Brinton is not afraid to say he’s gay. That is, not anymore. [ Read more → ]

Bachmanns attend church service denouncing gays as ‘immoral and unnatural’

Monday, August 8, 2011
Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, who recently sidestepped reporter’s question about her views on gay marriage — calling it a “frivolous” matter — sure does love herself a good ole, Bible thumping, anti-gay sermon. [ Read more → ]

Bachmann again dodges questions about ‘gay-to-straight’ therapy at husband’s clinic

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann on Thursday again refused to answer a reporter's question about whether controversial "gay-to-straight" reparative therapy is performed at clinics owned by her and her husband, Marcus Bachmann. [ Read more → ]
Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter tells Joy Behar she thinks ‘ex-gay’ therapy works (Video)

Thursday, July 28, 2011
[caption id="attachment_30158" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Ann Coulter"][/caption] The Washington Blade reported today that conservative author Ann Coulter told HLN’s Joy Behar last night that she thinks in some cases “ex-gay” therapy works. Coulter’s controversial comments came when she brought up that one of her fans “found... [ Read more → ]
Tony Perkins

Hate group leader Tony Perkins distorts reality in defending Bachmann clinic

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I tried not to laugh when I read Family Research Council President Tony Perkins’ column headlined, “Intolerant gays target Bachmann.” Perkins was referring to the undercover investigation by Truth Wins Out, that proved Marcus Bachmann lied when he claimed that his clinic did not practice “pray away the gay” therapy. [ Read more → ]

‘Former homosexual’ tells Joy Behar how he came out of the ‘homosexual lifestyle’

Friday, July 22, 2011
In an astounding interview, Joy Behar asks self described “former homosexual” Stephen Bennett, to explain how he came out of the “homosexual lifestyle.” [ Read more → ]

Did Pat Robertson’s Regent U undercut beliefs in ‘ex-gay’ reparative therapy?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
While reparative therapy, which intends to make gay and bisexual people straight, has already been thoroughly discredited and rejected by the American Psychological Association, among others, a new study from Pat Robertson’s Regent University may also shed doubts on the ability of people to transform from gay to straight. [ Read more → ]
Judson Phillips

Tea Party official defends Bachmann, calls LGBT advocates a ‘liberal freak show’

Monday, July 18, 2011
Accusing LGBT advocates of being intolerant, Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips on Monday alerts us that, "The liberal freak show is coming after Michele Bachmann." [ Read more → ]
Marcus Bachmann

Marcus Bachmann claims comments that gays are ‘barbarians’ were ‘doctored’

Sunday, July 17, 2011
Marcus Bachmann, husband of presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, now says that comments in which he referred to gays as "barbarians" who need to be "educated" and "disciplined" were "doctored." [ Read more → ]
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