Ex-gay Therapy
The latest news about so-called reparative, conversion, and ex-gay therapy and the quest to outlaw it. Condemned by the American Psychiatric Association, ex-gay therapy is based on the belief that a person can be "cured" of their sexual attraction and that conversion from homosexuality to heterosexuality is possible. Proponents of the controversial treatment include the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality as well as Christian fundamentalist organizations. Various means of implementing this therapy include prayer groups, electroshock therapy, and training in gender behavior.
PHOTO: Hundreds Protest 'Ex-Gay' Billboard in Richmond, Va.
December 15 2014 1:15 PM ET

PHOTO: 400 Protest 'Ex-Gay' Billboard in Richmond, Va.

Sunnivie Brydum

An estimated 400 people took time out of their pre-holiday routine on Sunday to take a photo intended to protest a Richmond billboard that claims 'nobody is born gay.'

WATCH: Model on Va. 'Ex-Gay' Billboard Is Gay, Not a Twin
December 12 2014 4:21 PM ET

WATCH: Model on Va. 'Ex-Gay' Billboard Is Gay, Not a Twin

Sunnivie Brydum

The man who modeled for a stock image used on an 'ex-gay' group's billboard claiming twins research proves no one is born gay, says he in fact was born gay — and doesn't have a twin.

Former 'Ex-Gay' Movement Star: 'My Sexuality Is a Beautiful Gift From God'
December 12 2014 4:14 PM ET

Former 'Ex-Gay' Movement Star: 'My Sexuality Is a Beautiful Gift From God'

Stevie St. John

Christian Schizzel says he decided to come out as gay 'so that people who have used my story against other gay people won’t have it as a weapon anymore.'

WATCH: Va. Billboard Proclaims 'Nobody Is Born Gay'
December 11 2014 3:29 PM ET December 11 2014 7:23 PM ET

WATCH: Va. Billboard Proclaims 'Nobody Is Born Gay'

Sunnivie Brydum

A Richmond billboard purchased by Parents of Ex-Gays and Gays claims that studies of identical twins prove that there is no 'gay gene.'

'Ex-Gay' Therapy Will Soon Be Illegal in Washington, D.C.
December 05 2014 6:22 PM ET

'Ex-Gay' Therapy Will Soon Be Illegal in Washington, D.C.

Sunnivie Brydum

The Washington, D.C., City Council approved a measure prohibiting licensed therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of minor clients.

Is the 'Not Gay No More' Guy for Real?
November 25 2014 4:00 AM ET

Is the 'Not Gay No More' Guy for Real?

Stevie St. John

He declared his deliverance and his love for "women women women women" in a video that went viral, then put remixed audio on sale. It's got to be a joke ... right?

Op-ed: The U.N.'s Collective Gasp When Addressing Conversion Therapy
November 17 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: The U.N.'s Collective Gasp on Conversion Therapy

Samantha Ames

Last week the United Nations demanded to know how the United States could permit conversion therapy.

Southern Baptist Leader Renounces 'Reparative' Therapy
October 28 2014 5:52 PM ET

Southern Baptist Leader Renounces 'Reparative' Therapy

Stevie St. John

Russell Moore acknowledges that so-called ex-gay therapy is “severely counterproductive.”

Appeals Court Upholds N.J. Ban on 'Ex-Gay' Therapy
September 11 2014 4:31 PM ET

Appeals Court Upholds N.J. Ban on 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Trudy Ring

A federal appeals court agreed with a lower court's ruling that banning the use of such therapy on minors is appropriate.

Man Claims Teacher Assaulted Him as 'Ex-Gay' Therapy
August 27 2014 2:11 PM ET

Man Claims Teacher Assaulted Him as 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Michelle Garcia

A man who is now an LGBT activist in Mississippi says a church leader abused him throughout his childhood as part of so-called ex-gay therapy.

Antigay Activist Uses Robin Williams's Death to Defend 'Ex-Gay' Therapy
August 19 2014 3:38 PM ET

Antigay Activist Uses Robin Williams's Death to Defend 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Trudy Ring

Peter Sprigg's circuitous argument: Williams's suicide shows rehab doesn't always work, and therefore reparative therapy is no less successful than rehab.

LISTEN: 'Ex-Gay' Activist Knows 'Anyone With a Brain' Opposes Equality
August 19 2014 3:32 PM ET

LISTEN: 'Ex-Gay' Activist Knows 'Anyone With a Brain' Opposes Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

Stephen Bennett, who claims to have been 'cured' of his homosexual tendencies, says same-sex couples can 'absolutely' raise children, but it's against God's master plan.

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