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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.

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.

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 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.

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.’

November 5, 2013

A couple is suing New Jersey state Governor Chris Christie over their 'son's sexual identity confusion' that is making him suicidal

Two New Jersey parents are suing the state for the right to ‘turn’ their gay son straight.

The unidentified couple claims their 15-year-old son does not want to be gay and needs to be ‘cured’ of his ‘sickness’.

They claim in their suit the law banning conversion therapy for minors violates their rights to free speech, freedom of religion, as well as their 14th Amendment right to equal protection.

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.

October 9, 2013

If Ohio state senator Charleta Tavares gets her way Ohio will become the third US state to ban attempts to cure same-sex attracted youth of their sexual orientation

Ohio state Senator Charleta Tavares hopes her state will become the third in the US to ban attempts to turn LGBT youth straight, announcing her support for efforts to ban the controversial ‘therapies.’

‘If they are already questioning their sexuality, we don’t want them to think there is something wrong with them that needs to be fixed,’ Tavares told the Columbus Dispatch.

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.

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.

August 26, 2013

Moscow’s mayoral candidate Mikhail Degtyarev has announced plans to offer anonymous ‘gay conversion’ therapy sessions and re-introduce a ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men

Russia may bring back its ban on gay blood donors, and offer an additional gay-to-straight conversion therapy service.

32-year-old Mikhail Degtyarev, who is a candidate for mayor of Moscow, said since 65% of all HIV-positive people were homosexuals, the proposal could not be considered discriminatory.

The politician, who has a record of controversial statements, did not name the source of the statistic he used.

August 19, 2013

Governor Chris Christie will sign the bill into law, ensuring LGBT people under the age of 18 are protected from harmful conversion treatments

New Jersey is set to become the second US state to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy today (19 August).

Governor Chris Christie is planning to sign the bill barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay minors straight.

The Garden State is the second to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy after California last year.

While gay rights activists were pleased the bill passed both houses of the legislature with bi-partison support in June, they were unsure the governor would sign the bill due to his Catholic faith.

August 11, 2013

However, New Jersey-based JONAH will face the charge of fraud as part of consumer protection action  

A group of gay men, who say they suffered abuse and emotional harm at the hands of a Jewish group that claims it can help “heal the wounds surrounding homosexuality” and enable homosexuals to become straight, can now see their battle proceed with a US court giving them the go-ahead.

August 4, 2013

While he balks at having minors taking 'ex-gay' therapy, Alan Chambers wants adults to have the choice

The president of the now defunct ex-gay group Exodus International repeated the apology he made to gays and lesbians in early summer, but kept way from labeling his relationship with his wife.

Alan Chambers sat down with reporter Michelangelo Signorile on SiriusXM Progress.

July 18, 2013

Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage, wants gay Jews to have the opportunity to be ex-gay

Maggie Gallagher, a leading voice in the anti-gay marriage US movement, is giving her support to an ex-gay therapy group facing a legal battle.

As reported by Think Progress, Gallagher wrote a blog post for the National Review. The co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage, expressed admiration for a lawyer defending JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing).

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.

July 9, 2013

'I was so consumed by the voices ... of my parents telling me I need to change'

Gay singer Steve Grand, unknown a week ago but now an online sensation, is opening up about his painful past which included years of therapy trying to turn himself straight.

The 22-year-old's song, All-American Boy, had reached nearly 646,500 views as of Tuesday afternoon. It tells the painful story of a gay man's unrequited love for a straight male friend.

But Grand tells ABC's Good Morning America even more painful was trying to accept himself and be accepted by his parents.

June 27, 2013

Is the ex-gay lobby moving from attempts to ‘cure’ our sexuality to a recognition that we can’t be cured so should be giving up on sex altogether?

I didn’t know my sexual orientation was still up for debate. Progress is made at the US Supreme Court, but not in certain religious conservative circles.

Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, announced the closing of the organization. What appeared as a seismic shift, or a closing chapter in the harmful history of ex-gay ministries may be neither. I suggest we all listen to the coded language and read the fine print.

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.