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.
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.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Smacks Down Reparative Therapy Proponents
June 18 2014 1:47 PM ET

WATCH: Jon Stewart Smacks Down Ex-Gay Proponents

Rebecca Juro

The Comedy Central host pulls no punches on the flawed logic of the antigay right.

Perry Now 'Defers to Scientists' on Ex-Gay Therapy
June 17 2014 3:14 PM ET

Perry Now 'Defers to Scientists' on Ex-Gay Therapy

Michelle Garcia

CNBC's Joe Kernen confronted Rick Perry about his comparison between homosexuality and alcoholism, but the Texas governor still stands by his beliefs.

'Ex-Gay' Activist: Food Replaced 'Sexual Sin'
June 17 2014 5:00 AM ET

'Ex-Gay' Activist: Food Replaced 'Sexual Sin'

Trudy Ring

So says Jeremy Schwab, the man who takes responsibility for a key plank in the Texas Republican Party platform.

Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy Clears N.Y. State Assembly
June 16 2014 5:26 PM ET

Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy Clears Hurdle in N.Y.

Daniel Reynolds

If approved by the State Senate, the ban would prevent health care professionals from attempting to change the sexual orientation of minors.

WATCH: Rick Perry Says Gays Were Born This Way — Like Alcoholics
June 12 2014 12:33 PM ET

Rick Perry Says Gays Were Born This Way — Like Alcoholics

Sunnivie Brydum

It's the latest in an ongoing string of problematic comparisons made by the conservative Texas governor regarding gay and lesbian people.

Texas GOP Adopts 'Vile' 'Ex-Gay' Platform
June 09 2014 2:58 PM ET

Texas GOP Adopts 'Vile' 'Ex-Gay' Platform

Sunnivie Brydum

The Texas Republican Party's official platform, adopted Saturday, endorses so-called reparative therapy and says family should not be 'redefined to include homosexual couples.'

'Ex-Gay' Group Could Pay Big Damages in N.J. Suit
June 06 2014 5:41 PM ET

'Ex-Gay' Group Could Pay Big Damages in N.J. Suit

Trudy Ring

While the case has yet to go to trial, a judge today rejected the 'ex-gay' organization's request to limit damages.

Draft Texas GOP Platform Swaps Antigay Language for 'Ex-Gay' Endorsement
June 05 2014 3:40 PM ET

Texas GOP Platform Endorses 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Sunnivie Brydum

The Texas Republican Party's revision of its official platform shifts the rhetoric around homosexuality from condemnation to 'cure.'

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