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.
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.'

Hispanic Evangelicals to Feature 'Ex-Gay' Speaker
April 21 2014 1:36 PM ET

Hispanic Evangelicals to Feature 'Ex-Gay' Speaker

Michael O'Loughlin

The largest Hispanic evangelical organization in the U.S. will feature a proponent of Bible-based 'conversion therapy' at a conference later this month.

WATCH: Will Adele Make You Gay? Show Exposes 'Ex-Gay' Therapy
March 18 2014 4:18 PM ET March 18 2014 7:52 PM ET

WATCH: Will Adele Make You Gay?

Trudy Ring

Bizarre claims made by so-called reparative therapists are the focus of a British TV documentary.

N.Y., Minn. Consider Banning 'Ex-Gay' Therapy
January 14 2014 10:02 PM ET

N.Y., Minn. Consider Banning 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Trudy Ring

Legislation that would ban use of the discredited practice on minors was introduced Monday in both states.

Mormon 'Ex-Gay' Group Shuts Down, Absorbed by Other Organization
January 03 2014 4:50 PM ET

Mormon 'Ex-Gay' Group Shuts Down

Trudy Ring

Evergreen International, which advocated 'ex-gay' therapy, is folded into North Star, a support group that takes no stand on the practice. But does this mean a more accepting approach?

WATCH: Right-Wing 'Documentary' Tries to Defend 'Ex-Gay' Therapy
December 12 2013 4:31 PM ET

WATCH: Right-Wing 'Documentary' Tries to Defend 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Sunnivie Brydum

The 30-minute film profiles four men who claim they overcame 'unwanted same-sex desires' through the scientifically discredited practice of so-called reparative therapy.

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