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December 12, 2013

A bill seeking to ban gay-to-straight conversion therapy by requiring medical practitioners to register with the government for monitoring has been published in Parliament

While the UK Parliament recognizes being LGBTI is not a disease, and sexual orientation conversion therapy is ‘both ineffective and potentially extremely harmful,’ conversion therapy is rampant in the UK.

So Labour MP for Swansea West Geraint Davies published today (12 December) a bill that if made law would ban psychotherapists from offering gay-to-straight conversion therapy.

November 20, 2013

Minister says while he is not aware of public money being spent on conversion therapy, he was happy to look into investigating the NHS

The UK government has decided to crackdown on ‘gay cure’ therapy but has ruled out legislation for now.

The House of Commons has met to discuss a ban on conversion therapy.

Described as ‘voodoo treatments’, the majority of the members of parliament (MPs) at the Westminster Hall meeting backed a ban.

Sandra Osbourne, the Labour MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cunmock who began the call, said: ‘Conversion therapy is a very real problem in this country.

‘This isn’t a simplistic debate about the freedom to choose.

July 18, 2013

Online Muslim resource website On Islam has answered a readers query about how to be cured of his sexuality by saying that it is not curable, but still says he should remain celibate

Islamic religious guidance website OnIslam.com has published a response to a reader’s question about changing his sexual orientation by a Muslim psychologist by saying that doesn’t work.

‘I've heard that you can help me to find a kind of Muslim association of psychologist to help me to hung up with homosexuality, I'm a Muslim man of 32 and live in Paris,’ the anonymous reader wrote in a post entitled ‘Hung up with Homosexuality.’

March 15, 2013

A conservative Democrat has joined forces with Republicans in the US state of Tennessee to put forward a bill which would allow university students training to be counselors to deny care to people who are LGBT or having sex outside of marriage

University students training to be counselors could be allowed to legally refuse care to people in same-sex relationships and heterosexuals who have sex before marriage under a proposed law in Tennessee.

The law was drafted by the Family Action Council of Tennessee which passed it to Republican state Senator Joey Hensley and Democrat state Representative John J. DeBerry Jr (pictured) who agreed to sponsor it in both houses of the Tennessee legislature.

November 6, 2012

Hundreds of France's leading psychoanalysts signed a petition supporting gay marriage and adoption

Over 560 psychoanalysts have signed a petition in favour of gay marriage in France.

The petition stated that there is nothing in psychoanalysis that opposes either marriage or adoption by same sex couples.

October 4, 2012

A college student who claims he had same-sex attractions but was 'cured' after conversion therapy has filed a lawsuit against California, which has banned the 'treatments' for minors

A college student who claims he had same-sex attractions but was 'cured' after conversion therapy has filed a lawsuit against California, which has enacted a law that bans the so-called 'treatments' for under 18s.

Aaron Blitzer, who is studying to be a therapist in that field, believes the banning of the therapy intrudes on First Amendment protections of free speech, privacy and freedom of religion.

August 6, 2012

American Psychiatric Association removes transgender from mental illness category after years of LGTB lobbying

Transgender people are no longer considered 'mentally ill' by the American Psychiatric Association.

The mental health organization's decision to replace the term 'gender identity disorder' with 'gender dysphoria' means transgender is no longer categorized as a mental illness and comes after years of campaigning by activists.

July 16, 2012

Australia’s largest LGBT community health organization has developed a new education program that aims to reduce the impact of mental distress in the LGBT community by helping people improve their understanding of mental health.

Beginning later this month, ACON’s Peace of Mind program is a series of free workshops being delivered in Sydney and throughout the state of New South Wales (NSW) which will help LGBT people identify when their family and friends are experiencing mental distress and how they can offer support.

The program has been developed by ACON (formerly the AIDS Council of NSW), in partnership with Australia’s Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) and in collaboration with the Australian National LGBTI Health Alliance and Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria.

July 5, 2012

Lesbian MSNBC host has been dealing with condition since the age of 12

Rachel Maddow may be the energetic face of the MSNBC cable news channel, but the lesbian television personality has suffered from bouts of depression since before she was a teenager.

'One of the manifestations of depression for me is that I lose my will,' Maddow tells Rolling Stone. 'And I thereby lose my ability to focus.'

February 3, 2012

Experts are calling on the Australian government to legalize gay marriage because of its health benefits

Legalizing gay marriage will reduce drug and alcohol abuse in the LGBT community, say experts in Australia.

In a newly released paper, researchers from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales cite studies which shows a direct link between marriage equality and reduced alcohol and drug consumption.