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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.

November 7, 2013

Washington lawmakers Mary Cheh has introduced a ban on so-called ‘ex-gay’ therapies for minors in the District of Columbia which has the overwhelming support of her fellow lawmakers

Washington DC Democrat Mary Cheh hopes that attempts to cure gay kids of their sexual orientation can be banned in the district housing the United States capitol and has put forward a bill to stop ‘ex-gay’ therapists from treating minors.

The Councilwoman introduced her Conversion Therapy for Minors Prohibition Amendment Act of 2013 1 October which will ban ‘sexual orientation change efforts with an individual who is under the age of 18.’

October 24, 2013

The Legislative Assembly of the Australian state of New South Wales passed a motion today condemning attempts to treat homosexuality as a treatable condition

Openly gay independent MP for Sydney has had a motion opposing attempts to treat homosexuality as a treatable condition passed by the New South Wales (NSW) state Parliament.

Greenwich’s motion, passed by the NSW Lower House, states that therapies attempting to turn gay people straight do not work, stigmatize gay men and lesbians and are fundamentally damaging to mental health.

‘Reparative therapy has been condemned by Australian, New Zealand and US psychological organizations, yet at least 10 organizations still practice it in Australia,’ Greenwich said today.

September 19, 2013

Openly gay Pennsylvania state lawmaker Brian Sims wants his state to become the third to ban attempts to ‘cure’ minors of their same-sex attractions after California and New Jersey

The same openly gay Pennsylvania Democrat who is spearheading the legislative push for same-sex marriage in his state has now announced plans to ban subjecting minors to so-called ‘ex-gay’ or ‘reparative’ therapies aimed at changing their sexual orientation.

September 10, 2013

Trail Life USA hopes to provide a home for people who feel excluded from the Boy Scouts of American because the scouts won't exclude gay teens

A group set up by people who have left the Boy Scouts of America after the scouts allowed openly gay teens to become scouts launched in Tennessee over the weekend.

Around 1,200 people attended an inaugural Leadership Conference for the group ‘Trail Life USA’ which bills itself as a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts of America.

August 29, 2013

First state in US to outlaw mental health practitioners from carrying out so-called conversion therapy

An appellate court today upheld Calfornia's new law that bans state licensed mental health providers from using 'ex-gay therapy' to try and change someone's sexual orientation

The ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was in response to two lawsuits challenging the law that went into effect last January.

July 16, 2013

A leading Jamaican Christian thinker has reminded his countrymen that Jamaica is not a theocracy in response to a constitutional challenge to the island’s anti-buggery law

The Rev Dr Clinton Chisholm has called on Jamaicans to be more tolerant of homosexuals as a constitutional challenge to the country’s colonial era sodomy laws proceeds.

‘Since we are not in a theocracy, it should not surprise or shock us that some persons choose to think and live contrary to what we Christians regard as God's way,’ Clinton wrote in an opinion column in Jamaica’s The Gleaner newspaper.

June 25, 2013

After the largest 'gay cure' ministry shut its doors, New Jersey is set to follow California in banning 'conversion therapy'

New Jersey is set to become the second US state to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy, after the Assembly voted to stop therapists from telling gay young people they can chance their sexual orientation yesterday (25 June).

Passing by 56 to 14, with seven absent, it is expected to be adopted by the state Senate in a vote on Thursday (27 June).

In March, Republican Governor Chris Christie said he was opposed to the practice of ‘gay cures’ and although he declined to comment yesterday, looks likely to sign the bill into law if it comes across his desk.

May 31, 2013

Most gays and lesbians who have gone through ‘conversion therapy’ say they have been harmed long-term – isolated, depressed and in sham marriages, says new survey

Gays and lesbians who go through gay ‘cures’ have told how it has left them suicidal or depressed with many reporting having sex with their counselors.

The Ex-Gay Survivor’s Survey has been published by Jallen Rix on the Beyond Ex Gay website.

The survey was designed not to be a scientific sample but to give a voice to those who have gone through ‘conversion therapy’ to turn them straight – which the World Health Organization has labeled as misguided and dangerous.

May 30, 2013

First time an LGBT rights bill has passed with a two-thirds majority

The Boy Scouts of America's steadfast refusal to allow openly gay adults to be leaders and volunteers has earned the group a stinging rebuke from the California Senate.

The senate voted to pass a bill that yanks the tax exempt status of any public charity youth organization - like the BSA - that discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation.

The BSA voted last week to end its policy banning gay members under the age of 18. But it left in place a policy that does not allow LGBT adults to be a part of the organization.

May 25, 2013

BSA has voted to allow gay youth but to continue LGBT adult ban

Although openly gay youths will be able to participate in the Boy Scouts beginning next year, LGBT adults are still banned from leadership and volunteers positions.

Except in New York City.

The Boy Scouts of America's Greater New York Councils, which represents the five boroughs of New York City, says it will continue to admit adult members as leaders and volunteers. It will also continue to push for a more inclusive policy on an national level.

May 23, 2013

But ban against LGBT leaders and volunteers reaffirmed by BSA National Council

The Boy Scouts of America will begin allowing openly gay members to be a part of the organization beginning next year.

The BSA's approximately 1,400-member National Council on Thursday (23 May) met in Grapevine, Texas and 61.4% voted to pass the new membership standards.

The new standards state that 'no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.'

But a ban on LGBT adult leaders and volunteers will remain in place without any further review planned.

May 10, 2013

A new poll released today found a majority of Americans support a plan that would admit gay youth into Boy Scouts

A new poll reveals a majority of Americans are fine with gay Boy Scouts members.

According to a new poll published today by American news sources The Washington Post and ABC News, 63% of Americans interviewed said gay scouts should be allowed to join.

56% of those interviewed also opposed the ban on gay adults in the Boy Scouts.