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December 11, 2014

'Identical twins. One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

Thousands of cars will drive past a billboard on a busy interstate highway in Virginia that claims, 'Nobody is born gay.'

The sign was erected on I-95 in Richmond by the 'ex-gay' group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

'Identical twins,' it reads. 'One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

PFOX was referring to a 2000 study of twins that found 80% of gay men had a straight twin, which the group said proved there was no gay gene. However, the main author of the study disagrees with this interpretation of his research.

December 4, 2014

Once signed into law, the unanimously approved bill will bar any therapists in the US capital from attempting to convert gay, bi or trans kids

Following in the footsteps of California and New Jersey, the District of Columbia Council in Washington has approved a bill to prohibit LGBTI youth from undergoing any form of gay-to-straight conversion therapy.

The bill was approved unanimously on Tuesday.

November 19, 2014

John Smid, former leader of the notorious ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, has married for a third time, and this time it’s to another man

Six years after resigning as executive director of the ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, former ‘ex-gay’ leader John Smid has married another man in Oklahoma.

Smid married his partner Larry McQueen in Hugo, Oklahoma over the weekend, a 35 minute drive from their home across the border in Paris, Texas, and the couple held a wedding ceremony in Tulsa on Sunday.

November 10, 2014

'Anyone who would walk alongside and then encourage that person’s values systems and their beliefs and bring that in alignment, that is like blasphemous to the other side'

Marcus Bachmann is defending himself and conversion therapy.

The husband of retiring Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann faced severe criticism a few years back when it was revealed a clinic he ran supported 'ex-gay' therapy.

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.

September 12, 2014

'...Over the last few decades a number of well-known, reputable professional and scientific organizations have publicly condemned the practice of SOCE [sexual orientation change efforts]...'

A US court unanimously upheld New Jersey's ban on 'anti-gay' therapy for teenagers.

A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled today (11 September) that the east coast state's law, prohibiting therapists from using conversion counseling with people under 18, does not violate free speech rights.

August 1, 2014

Some of the leading figures in the global ‘ex-gay’ movement have signed a joint letter of apology and have now pledged to denounce attempts to ‘cure’ people of their same-sex attractions

Leading former figures from ‘ex-gay’ groups including Exodus International and Love In Action have today released a letter of apology and a pledge to work to undo the harm they have done.

The group includes Exodus International co-founder Michael Bussee, Courage UK founder Jeremy Marks, Coming Back founder Bill Prickett, Love In Action outreach director Tim Rymel and executive director John J Smid, Paraklete Ministries founder Darlene Bogle and Yvette Schnieder who earlier this week announced her support for the banning of so-called reparative therapies on minors.

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.

July 27, 2014

Should a public library warn parents that A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality, a book which advocates gay conversion therapy in children, promotes homophobia and discrimination and is widely regarded by experts as pseudo-science?

The book A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality, which is co-authored by controversial American psychologist Joseph Nicolosi, who practises gay conversion therapy, is currently available for loan in Hong Kong’s Central Library's adult lending section.

Gay rights activist Betty Grisoni, co-founder of lesbian organisation Les Peches and co-director of the LGBT cultural festival Pink Season, says the library should put a warning on the book as it encourages parents to 'prevent' homosexuality in their children which is widely regarded by experts as pseudo-science.

June 30, 2014

Justices decline to review appeal of law prohibiting licensed counselors and therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender expression

The US Supreme Court today passed on reviewing a case challenging California's new law which makes it illegal for licensed therapists and counselors s to try and change the sexual orientation or gender expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children.

By declining to get involved, the high court leaves in place a US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling which upheld the ban on what is known as 'conversion therapy,' 'reparative therapy,' 'ex-gay therapy,' or 'sexual orientation change efforts.'

June 22, 2014

'The gay lifestyle is just not an option for us, because of our own faith and our own values'

The ex-gay therapy supporter who worked to include a conversion therapy plank in the platform of the Texas Republican Party is defending himself.

Jeremy Schwab, a Texas GOP delegate, pushed for the party, earlier this month, to approve the ex-gay language.

June 17, 2014

‘I Want To Stop Being Gay’, ‘How To Prevent Homosexuality’ and ‘Gender Confusion In Childhood’ are the books available in one of Europe's largest department stores

Spanish gay rights activists are furious after stores have started stocking US-imported books about ‘curing’ gay children.

‘I Want To Stop Being Gay’, ‘How To Prevent Homosexuality’ and ‘Gender Confusion In Childhood’ are the three books currently on sale in one of the country’s main department store El Corte Inglés.

Joseph Nicolosi, the former president of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, wrote the books with wife Linda.

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 7, 2014

'These self-proclaimed experts inflicted grave damage upon our clients...'

An ex-gay therapy group from the US state New Jersey might have to write a check to redo the damage caused to former clients.

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. pronounced on 6 June that Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) is potentially liable for three times the costs plaintiffs needed to reverse the effects of conversion 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.

May 28, 2014

Core Issues Trust were criticized by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for 'misinterpreting' their statement about sexual orientation

A Christian group fighting to keep ‘gay cures’ legal in the UK has been left red-faced after they ‘misinterpreted’ a statement made by psychiatrists.

The Core Issues Trust pronounced their victory today after saying Royal College of Psychiatrists had made it clear people are not born gay.

Calling it a ‘major admission’, they criticized the college for continuing to support a ban on conversion therapy.

Mike Davidson, the director of Core Issues Trust, interpreted two lines of a two-page document as proof of the change in view.

April 23, 2014

New book reveals he did not have his first relationship with a man until his late 30s

A new book reveals that the trial judge in the case that overturned California's Proposition 8 had undergone ex-gay conversion therapy in his younger years.

Judge Vaughn Walker, who came out publicly after striking down California's gay marriage ban, fought back tears during the 2010 trial when a witness testified about his painful memories of participating in such therapy as a teen.

Walker tells author Jo Becker that because he had not yet had sex with a man when he underwent therapy for what he thought to be an 'affliction.'

March 18, 2014

A Texas therapist used to tell patients to throw out any CDs by any artists that are 'popular in the gay community' and only listen to Christian music if they want to be straight

Adele is being accused of turning people gay with her music.

A retired 'therapist' used to claim the Oscar-winning ‘Skyfall’ singer is on the list of things that men ‘should avoid if they want to be straight’.

Openly gay doctor Christian Jessen, 37, discovered the bizarre claims in a new Channel 4 documentary Cure Me I’m Gay.

In the film, he meets retired 'therapist' John Smid from Texas who used to offer rehab for gay men.

As part of his old practices, he shows Jessen how he used to 'treat' his patients.

March 14, 2014

Xiao Zhen was aroused and then electroshocked in a treatment recommended by Baidu

A 30-year-old Chinese man filed a case on Thursday (March 13) against US-listed Baidu for promoting gay conversion therapy offered by a psychological consultancy in its search engine.

A court in Beijing will decide in the next few days whether to proceed with the lawsuit against Baidu and Chongqing-based Xin Yu Piao Xiang (XYPX).

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 29, 2014

2012 law protects minors from mental health treatments that claim to be able to change a young person’s sexual orientation

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is letting stand a California law that makes it illegal for LGBTI youth in the state to be forced into conversion therapies.

These mental health treatments claim to be able to change a young person's sexual orientation or gender identification.

The law, enacted in 2012, was challenged in a lawsuit filed by therapists who argued that it violates their right to freedom of speech.

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.