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May 20, 2015

House Democrats introduce bill to ban the discredited practice nationwide

Oregon's bisexual governor, Kate Brown, Monday (18 May) signed a bill into law banning 'gay conversion therapy,' making her state the third to do so.

The bill passed the state Senate earlier this month by a vote of 21-3 after clearing the House in March, and makes it illegal for social workers or licensed mental health professionals to practice 'ex-gay' therapy on children younger than 18.

Brown, who become the US' first openly bisexual governor in February, will signing ceremony on Friday.

May 4, 2015

A ruling made last September by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will remain in place

The US Supreme Court has upheld New Jersey's ban on gay conversion therapy for minors. 

The court refused to hear a challenge to the law today, which means that a ruling made last September by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will remain in place.

The Court of Appeals said that the ban, which was signed into law in 2013, didn't violate the the free speech or religious rights of those who offer conversion therapy to minors in the state.

April 11, 2015

Earlier this week US President Barack Obama issued a statement calling for an end of the use of conversion therapy for LGBTI minors

Six White House staffers – some straight, some LGBT – are calling for an end to the dangerous, widely debunked practice of conversion therapy which supporters  falsely claim can change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

March 27, 2015

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins says he will ask medical regulatory bodies in the province to prohibit attempts to ‘cure’ young LGBTI people of their sexual orientation or gender identity

Ontario looks to become the next North American jurisdiction to ban so-called ‘ex-gay’ therapies aimed at ‘curing’ young people of their sexual orientation or gender identity after provincial Health Minister Eric Hoskins said he would move to ban the practice.

Hoskins said he would write to medical regulatory bodies to instruct them to prohibit the practice after New Democrat lawmaker Cheri Di Novo introduced her own bill to ban the practice earlier this month.

February 13, 2015

First time a US court rules homosexuality is not a disease or disorder

A New Jersey judge has ruled misrepresenting homosexuality as a disorder in marketing conversion therapy services is consumer fraud.

The ruling marks the first time a US court has found that homosexuality is not a disease or a disorder and that it is fraudulent for conversion therapists to make such a claim.

Hudson County superior court judge Peter Bariso Jr said Tuesday (10 February) such claims violated the state's Consumer Fraud Act.

January 7, 2015

More than 70,000 people sign a petition to cancel the show

Media watchdog GLAAD has condemned a TLC special about gay Mormon men married to women as 'downright irresponsible' and 'dangerous.'

My Husband's Not Gay will air on Sunday (11 January) and sparked outrage when previews were released last month.

December 26, 2014

Hailed as a landmark victory for LGBTs in China, gay rights activists say they hope the court's decision will help put an end to the practice of 'gay conversion' therapy in the country

In the first case of its kind in China, Beijing's Haidian District People's Court last Friday ruled that the Xinyupiaoxiang Counseling Center in Chongqing had no medical basis to offer a cure for homosexuality.

It ordered the clinic to pay 3,500 yuan (US$560) to Yang Teng who took the case to court after he underwent hypnosis and electric shock treatment after being told by the clinic that it was a safe and effective cure for homosexuality. 

December 23, 2014

Mayor Vincent Gray signs bill into law - New Jersey and California have similar bans in place

Washington DC on Monday (22 December) followed California and New Jersey in banning conversion therapy for LGBTI youth.

Mayor Vincent Gray (pictured) signed the the Conversion Therapy for Minors Prohibition Amendment Act into law that was passed earlier this month by the city council.

These therapies are aimed at changing the sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression of an LGBTI person.

December 19, 2014

Campaigners say this is the last step to stopping Chinese people thinking being gay is a disease

A Chinese court has ordered a clinic that shocked a gay man to 'cure' him to pay compensation.

This ruling is being considered as China's first case involving 'conversion therapy', with campaigners saying it could lead to people to stop thinking homosexuality is a disease.

Beijing's Haidian District People's Court ordered the clinic to pay 3,500 yuan ($560, €458) to 30-year-old Yang Teng, who said he was 'very satisfied with the results'.

October 6, 2014

Israel’s Ministry of Health issued a public warning on Sunday that attempts to ‘cure’ people of their same-sex attractions are not based on real science and can be potentially harmful

Israel’s Health Ministry has formally adopted the recommendations of its country’s Council of Psychologists and the Israeli Psychological Association against so-called reparative therapies aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation - issuing a public warning against them on Sunday.

September 15, 2014

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for the agency to denounce 'gay cures'

A Chinese man suing a 'gay cure' clinic has secured a meeting with the World Health Organization (WHO) after more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to denounce 'gay cures.'

The WHO agreed to meet 30-year-old Xiao Zhen, a pseudonym, in China.

At the time of writing more than 108,000 members of LGBTI rights group All Out had signed the petition.

July 31, 2014

Tico Perez, national commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America, has ruled out having adult gays and lesbians as scout leaders any time soon but says it's not because the scouting movement views them in any way as potential sexual predators

Boy Scouts of America national commissioner Hector 'Tico' Perez has made it absolutely clear that the reason why his organization will not let openly gay or lesbian people be scout leaders is not because they are viewed as more likely to be pedophiles.

July 29, 2014

Michigan state Representative Adam Zemke has introduced a bill that would protect under-18’s from being subjected to attempts to ‘cure’ their same-sex attractions and is hopeful that some Republicans will vote for it as well

Michigan Democrat Adam Zemke has put a bill before his state’s House of Representative that seeks to ban so-called ‘ex-gay’ or ‘reparative’ therapies on minors that seek to alter a person’s sexuality.

Representative Zemke hopes Michigan can join California and New Jersey in banning attempts to ‘cure’ under-18’s of their sexuality while efforts to do the same in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York state have been blocked or stalled.

June 11, 2014

The Boy Scouts of America’s policy of excluding members once they become adults has been criticized by Attorney General Eric Holder in the strongest statement by a US official against the policy to date

US Attorney General Eric Holder has made a stinging criticism of the Boy Scouts of America excluding gay and lesbian adults from scouting in comments to a Washington gathering of LGBTI legal advocate Lambda Legal.

‘The continuation of a policy that discriminates against gay adult leaders – by an iconic American institution – only preserves and perpetuates the worst kind of stereotypes,’ Holder said Tuesday.

June 10, 2014

A draft new platform for the Texas state Republican endorses so-called ‘ex-gay’ therapies as the proper approach to dealing with LGBTI issues in a sign that the party is moving backwards

A new draft of the Texas state Republican Party platform will officially endorse so-called reparative, or 'ex-gay,' therapies in a move that LGBTI Republican voters will find hard to stomach.

‘Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, in public policy, nor should family be redefined to include homosexual couples,’ the draft platform reads

June 8, 2014

'No one can change the color of their skin or change the place they're born, but they can definitely choose their lifestyles'

The Republican Party of Texas advocates ex-gay therapy.

The convention for the southern US state's GOP ended yesterday, 7 June, and the 10,000 attendees gave their approval for the following platform language:

'We recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.'

June 6, 2014

'We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle'

The Texas Republican Party is standing up for ex-gay therapy.

The party of the southern US state is holding its convention in Fort Worth. Thirty-one delegates are revising the platform, and the first draft supports the theory sexuality can be changed.

April 21, 2014

Rainier Beach United Methodist church in Seattle stood by Geoffrey McGrath when he got fired for being gay, now the Boy Scouts of America want nothing to do with them

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have told a Seattle church they cannot host a troop, because the scoutmaster is an openly gay man.

The BSA wrote to Rainier Beach United Methodist Church over the Easter holiday saying they are no longer affiliated with them because of their connection with gay scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath.

April 1, 2014

After a gay troop leader took his Boy Scouts to a Pride parade, he was accused of 'injecting homosexuality into scouting'

A gay scout leader is speaking out afer getting fired from the Boy Scouts of America because he ‘deliberately injected’ his homosexuality into a scout troop.

Geoff McGrath, an Eagle Scout leader who is thought to be the first openly gay scout leader in America, started a new troop through a local church in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood.

But the 49-year-old was removed from his position because they believed he had breached the national scout policy against gay leaders in the organisation.

February 28, 2014

Psychologist groups say conversion therapy is dangerous, has the potential to cause harm, and is often based on religion than actual understanding of sexuality

UK’s most senior mental health bodies have released a joint statement condemning ‘gay cure’ therapy today (28 February).

The groups have condemned the practice known as ‘conversion therapy’, as requested by the Department of Health, to say it has potential to cause harm and are more likely to be based on religion rather than on an informed understanding of sexual orientation.

Conversion therapy suggests to vulnerable people, they say, that sexuality is the root cause of their difficulties. This claim the groups say is misleading and prejudiced.

January 14, 2014

Britain's leading Christian organization has finally agreed conversion therapy does not work and can be dangerous

‘Gay cure’ therapy will be banned for members of the leading body of Christian counselors in the UK.

The Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) said it has instructed members to stop the practice ‘in the interests of public safety’.

The treatment, widely discredited and known to be deeply damaging to a person’s health, was finally agreed by the ACC to not work.

December 29, 2013

As the day gets nearer for open gay troop membership, Boy States of America expect a boring transition

On 1 January, the Boy Scouts of America will begin to accept openly gay members. While the policy change is historic, BSA representatives expect little change.

'My hope is there will be the same effect this Jan. 1 as the Y2K scare,'  Brad Haddock, a BSA national executive board member, who also chairs the policy implementation committee, said to the Associated Press. 'It's business as usual, nothing happens and we move forward.'

December 8, 2013

‘Psychologists’ use force, electric shock or even medical operation to convert gays and bisexuals

Two LGBTI campaigners have sent complaint letters about extreme gay conversion treatment found in 10 cities.

The activists reported the malpractice to health and business authorities in cities including Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Changsha on Wednesday (Dec 4), the Chinese news website Tongyulala reported.

November 27, 2013

New head of World Psychiatric Association has come out as gay, demanded action in countries where homosexuality is treated as an illness

The new head of the World Psychiatric Association has come out as gay and demanded action to stop homosexuality being treated as an illness.

Professor Dinesh Bhugra’s decision to talk about his sexuality is an historic step forward for a profession with a history of abusing lesbian, gay and bisexual patients.