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.
'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.

Salvation Army 'Does Not Consider Homosexual Orientation a Sin'
November 27 2013 2:01 PM ET

Salvation Army Doesn't Consider Homosexuality a Sin

Sunnivie Brydum

The bell-ringing charity removed two links to 'ex-gay' therapy groups from its website's resource collection for dealing with 'sexual addiction.'

WATCH: Marco Rubio Extols Morality to 'Ex-Gay' Supporters
November 18 2013 1:59 PM ET

WATCH: Marco Rubio Extols Morality to 'Ex-Gay' Supporters

Sunnivie Brydum

Florida senator Marco Rubio delivered the keynote address at an annual gathering of the right-wing Florida Family Policy Council, which supports 'ex-gay' or 'reparative' therapy.

Marco Rubio to Keynote Fund-raiser for Org. Backing 'Ex-Gay' Therapy
November 12 2013 2:03 PM ET

Marco Rubio to Address 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Supporters

Sunnivie Brydum

The Florida Republican will serve as the keynote speaker at the antigay Florida Family Policy Council's annual fund-raiser this week.

Federal Court Upholds New Jersey's Ban on 'Ex-Gay' Therapy
November 09 2013 9:08 AM ET

Federal Court Upholds New Jersey's Ban on 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Sunnivie Brydum

A federal district judge ruled Friday that licensed therapists do not have a constitutional right to practice the scientifically discredited therapy that aims to turn gay people straight.

Russian Lawmaker Wants to Offer Free 'Ex-Gay' Therapy
August 26 2013 12:45 PM ET

Russian Lawmaker Wants to Offer Free 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Sunnivie Brydum

The high-ranking official also wants to reinstate Russia's ban on gay people giving blood or donating organs.

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