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Conversion 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.

Utah Governor Signs Conversion Therapy Ban Into Law

The legislative ban on conversion therapy for minors strengthens a ban enacted by a licensing board.

Conversion Therapy Ban Fails in a Missouri County Held by Democrats

Democrats hold seven of nine seats on the legislative body but couldn’t pass a ban on the harmful practice.

Republican Lawmakers Vote (Again) to Allow Conversion Therapy

While opponents say the issue is about protecting LGBTQ+ youth, Wisconsin Republicans claim they are fighting a bureaucratic turf war.

Utah Lawmakers, Activists Reach Compromise on Conversion Therapy Ban

Activists voiced concerns that the proposed bill was too watered-down.

U.K. Will Introduce Ban on Conversion Therapy

The new legislation will include treatment directed at trans people, reversing last year's announcement that this would be excluded.

Republicans Block Ban on Conversion Therapy in Wisconsin

It's the second time Republicans prevented the ban from taking effect.

Ireland Seeks to Ban Conversion Therapy

Irish Equality Minister Roderic O'Gorman is committed to having the practice banned by 2024.

Man Says BetterHelp Referred Him to Conversion Therapy Supporter

He says he was told that going straight was the best way to reconnect with his conservative Christian family.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Washington's Conversion Therapy Ban

A therapist had claimed the ban infringed on his free speech and religious liberty rights. But Washington State's regulation of the practice is appropriate, the court ruled.

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Anti-Conversion Therapy Order

While the order doesn't ban it, it does put a dent in the harmful practice.


How 'They/Them' Is Changing Horror for Queer People

While referencing horror classics like Pyscho and Friday the 13thThey/Them takes a novel queer approach to horror.

N.J. Supreme Court Affirms That Conversion Therapy Is Fraud

The N.J. high court declined to hear an appeal of a lower court's ruling against conversion therapy provider JONAH. 

New Zealand, Israel Take Steps Against Conversion Therapy

New Zealand passes a law banning use of the practice on minors and certain others, while Israel issues rules barring medical professionals from offering it.

Founder of Ex-LGBTQ+ Group Admits to Having Gay Sex Again

Advocates say his group, Freedom March, is "a fraudulent organization that preys on vulnerable and desperate LGBTQ people."

France Outlaws Discredited Practice of LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy

Those found offering the harmful practice could be jailed for two years and fined almost $34,000.

Canada Bans the Harmful Practice of LGBTQ+ 'Conversion Therapy'

The law will take effect in 30 days and will make promoting or practicing conversion therapy a criminal offense. 

Chloë Grace Moretz on Coming Out, Blurred Lines, and Finding Unity

The star of Mother/Android, Greta, and Tom & Jerry is now executive producer of an LGBTQ+ Snapchat series.

'Cured' Doc Examines Path to Declassifying Homosexuality as Disorder

Before the removal of homosexuality from the manual, those in the psychiatric establishment believed that homosexuality could be "cured" by electroconvulsive therapy, castration, or even lobotomies.