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.
Gay Man in 'Ex-Gay' Billboard's Counter-Ad: 'I Was Born Gay'

Gay Man in 'Ex-Gay' Billboard's Counter-Ad: 'I Was Born Gay'

Nonprofit Planting Peace teamed up with the South African model used in an 'ex-gay' billboard to refute the hateful message in a big way.

N.J. Judge: Illegal to Call Being Gay a 'Mental Disorder'

N.J. Judge: Illegal to Call Being Gay a 'Mental Disorder'

Now, in an ongoing lawsuit, a jury will determine whether an 'ex-gay therapy' provider made such a claim.

WATCH: 'Ex-Gay' Subject of New Film Grateful to James Franco

WATCH: 'Ex-Gay' Subject of James Franco's Film Grateful

Michael Glatze, played by Franco in I Am Michael, is happy to see his story on screen. But what's the film's stance on praying away the gay?

WATCH: After Marriage Equality, Antigay Lawmakers Draft 'Revenge' Bills

WATCH: Antigay Lawmakers Want 'Revenge Laws'

Unable to stop the spread of marriage equality, antigay lawmakers are instead turning to laws that punish LGBT citizens, be they married or simply local consumers.

Petition for 'Leelah's Law' Banning Conversion Therapy Heads to White House
January 30 2015 5:51 PM ET

'Leelah's Law' Banning Conversion Therapy Heads to White House

Gathering more than 100,000 signatures in under a month, the petition hopes to end the damaging practice faced by late trans teen Leelah Alcorn and many other LGBT people nationwide.

Sally Kern Doesn't Hate Anyone, Says Sally Kern

Sally Kern Doesn't Hate Anyone, Says Sally Kern

Several pieces of legislation aim to roll back progress for LGBT Oklahomans, but one of the most prominent lawmakers behind the bills says they don't not stem from hatred.

Four Anti-LGBT Bills Aim to Roll Back Progress in Oklahoma

Four Anti-LGBT Bills Aim to Roll Back Progress in Oklahoma

Representatives Sally Kern and Todd Russ have filed legislation specifically aimed at undermining the rights of Oklahoma's LGBT citizens.

Virginia Quashes Ban on 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Virginia Quashes Ban on 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

A bill that sought to protect minors from efforts to 'pray away the gay' was voted down in a Senate committee, and companion legislation failed to receive a vote by a House of Delegates panel.

Q&A: Former Exodus Staffer Randy Thomas on Identity, Faith, & 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Former Exodus Staffer Says 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Should Be Outlawed

Following last week’s blog post in which he identified himself as 'gay with some level of bisexual tendencies,' former Exodus International employee Randy Thomas talks about his path away from the 'ex-gay' movement.

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