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.
Appeals Court Upholds N.J. Ban on 'Ex-Gay' Therapy
September 11 2014 5:31 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 3:11 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 4:38 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 4:32 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.

Star of 'Ex-Gay' Org's Video Shocked at Group's Actual Purpose
August 14 2014 4:19 PM ET

Star of 'Ex-Gay' Org's Rebranding Video Shocked By Actual Purpose

Trudy Ring

Video producer and actress Jean Hudson says had she known, she would not have taken on the project.

Will Michigan Be The Next State To Ban Conversion Therapy?
July 30 2014 7:14 PM ET

Will Michigan Be The Next State To Ban Conversion Therapy?

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

Democratic Rep. Adam Zemke introduced a bill to the Michigan House of Representatives that will ban ex-gay conversion therapy.

Former 'Ex-Gay' Activist Backs Away from Past, Now Supports GLAAD
July 29 2014 4:07 PM ET

Former 'Ex-Gay' Activist Wouldn't Date an 'Ex-Gay' Man

Sunnivie Brydum

Even when she was a popular talking head for the movement that claims homosexuality can be 'cured' by prayer, Yvette Cantu Schneider didn't really trust that anyone, including herself, could be 'ex-gay.'

Right-Winger Suggests Michael Sam Seek 'Ex-Gay' Therapy
July 10 2014 3:27 PM ET

Right-Winger Suggests Michael Sam Seek 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Sunnivie Brydum

Notorious homophobe Peter LaBarbera warned the NFL rookie that he should seek notoriety for his football skills, not his 'troubling' sexuality.

Texas Gay Dems: #WeDontNeedFixin
July 01 2014 4:03 PM ET

Texas Gay Dems: #WeDontNeedFixin

Trudy Ring

The state Democratic platform responds strongly to Texas Republicans' endorsement of 'ex-gay' therapy.

Supreme Court Upholds California's Ex-Gay Therapy Ban
June 30 2014 11:06 AM ET

Supreme Court Upholds California's 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Ban

Michelle Garcia

The Supreme Court declined to review two lawsuits brought forth by anti-LGBT organizations.

NCLR Looks to Ban 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Nationwide
June 24 2014 3:09 PM ET

Will Your State Be Next to Ban 'Ex-Gay' Therapy?

Sunnivie Brydum

A new campaign from the National Center for Lesbian Rights wants to outlaw so-called conversion therapy in all 50 states in the next five years.

WATCH: Rick Perry Knows He 'Stepped in It' With Gay, Alcoholic Comparison
June 20 2014 3:00 PM ET

WATCH: Rick Perry Knows He 'Stepped In It'

Sunnivie Brydum

After the Texas governor made national headlines for claiming one can be genetically predisposed to homosexuality, like alcoholism, he's been scrambling to walk back the statement.

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