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August 14, 2012

Parents of Homosexuals and Former Homosexuals attacks Californian bill banning ex-gay therapy for children

A Christian gay cure group in the US has accused a California senator of 'fascism' after backing a bill which bans the therapy being used on children.

The proposal, SB 1172, is currently making its way through the state's legislature and would prohibit the use of so-called 'reparitive therapy' on minors.

Extremist Christian group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), have now launched a scathing attack on the law.

August 10, 2012

The American Family Association's head has defended his comments, saying 'God's law, not man's law, must be followed'

A prominent right-wing American pundit has defended his comments calling for kidnapping children of gay parents, saying it is 'God's law'.

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association (AFA) tweeted on Tuesday (7 August) that we need an ‘Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households’.

In the last 24 hours Fischer defended the comments on his show Focal Point on the AFA network, saying: ‘God’s law, not man’s law, is to be followed’.

August 9, 2012

LGBT rights group All Out launch petition urging UK government to denounce gay 'cure' therapy ahead of extremist group's visit to Britain

Campaigners are calling on the UK government to ban so-called gay 'cures' ahead of a homophobic Christian group's British leg of a world tour.

Global LGBT rights group All Out has launched a petition to stop extremist religious organizations from using therapies which they claim can turn gay people straight.

August 1, 2012

Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, continues to denounce group's former practice of reparative therapy

The president of one of the world's largest 'ex-gay' groups has again denounced gay cure therapy claiming there is 'no magic wand' to turn homosexuals straight.

Head of Exodus International Alan Chambers recently admitted curing someone of their sexuality is impossible, drawing concerns from far right Christian organizations.

July 19, 2012

Exodus International president Alan Chambers in danger of being fired after saying it is impossible to cure gay people

The president of an ‘ex-gay’ group has said gays will go to heaven as long as they have ‘security in Christ’.

Head of Exodus International Alan Chambers recently admitted curing someone of their sexuality is impossible, drawing concerns from far right Christian organizations.

He says if anyone has given their heart to Christ, ‘salvation is inevitable’.

July 7, 2012

Alan Chambers becomes the latest of a string of senior Exodus International leaders to admit that people cannot change their sexuality through therapy

A major rift has emerged in the international ex-gay movement with Exodus International president Alan Chambers declaring that homosexuality cannot be cured and admitting that attempts to do so could be harmful.

The organization had been using the slogan ‘change is possible’ as recently as three years ago but Chambers told the New York Times that ‘Exodus needs to move beyond that slogan.’

‘I [still] believe that any sexual expression outside of heterosexual, monogamous marriage is sinful according to the Bible,’ Chambers said.

July 6, 2012

Christian leader Lou Engle tells a youth group they must pray in schools so gays and lesbians can be converted

An American Christian leader has said he wants to recruit 100,000 former gay men and women to ‘pray AIDs away’ in a new video.

Lou Engle told a youth Christian group he had prophesized a ‘first wave’ of ex-gay men and women who would bring about ‘radical salvations and healings of AIDs’.

In the video discovered by Right Wing Watch yesterday (5 July), Engle says: ‘God, give us 100,000 gay lesbian men and women to be radically transformed.

June 13, 2012

Terrence Higgins Trust voices support for gay marriage in UK, claiming the legislation will improve sexual health by reducing stigma

The legalization of gay marriage in the UK will help fight the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, health experts claim today (13 June).

In its response to the UK government's consultation on legalizing same-sex civil marriage in England and Wales, which closes tomorrow (14 June) at 11.59pm, the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) says the historic legislation will improve the sexual health of gays, lesbians and bisexuals by reducing stigma.

May 25, 2012

We look at the myths being lined up to 'cure' gay and lesbian people of their sexuality

While many of us know homosexuality is normal, plenty of homophobes keep spreading myths that ‘gay cure’ therapies work.

More vulnerable gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are falling victim to these poisonous arguments, often used by their families, their church or even their country.

'Gay cure' or reparative therapy propaganda seems to be steamrolling, such as last month when religious activists booked an 'ex-gay' advert on London buses. Meanwhile, in the US, their main scientific advocate has withdrawn his support.

May 9, 2012

The 56 Dean Street clinic in London’s gay district, Soho, wants the community to design its next sexual health awareness advert

Stephen Fry has recorded a video calling for new ways for the gay and bisexual population to educate itself about HIV and sexual health.

The openly gay British comic, TV presenter, author and actor is backing a bid by a sexual health clinic in London to find an innovative new style for sexual health awareness campaigns.

And 56 Dean Street, in Soho, the British capital’s most famous gay district, is trying to do that by asking its own patients and the wider gay community to create the adverts.

May 4, 2012

GSN counts down the top 15 anti-LGBT insults, and the apologies that followed  

With the birth of Twitter and the death of discretion, an increasing number of public figures are candid about their anti-gay sentiments, and are paying for it.

Social media and consumer-driven content means that anything said online gets heard around the world in a matter of mouse clicks.

When homophobic and transphobic remarks are made, and apologies ensue, is it a genuine about-face or a lame attempt at lip service?

April 26, 2012

Dr Robert Spitzer apologizes for his controversial 'ex-gay' study

A psychiatrist in the US has apologized for claiming that 'highly motivated' gays could turn straight.

In his 2001 study, Dr Robert Spitzer stated that gay men and women can change their sexual orientation if they want to, endorsing so-called 'reparative therapies' which claim to 'cure' people of homosexuality.

However, earlier this month (April 2012) Spitzer retracted his claims and has now apologized.

April 26, 2012

As a new report from Stonewall reveals shock stats around drugs, suicide and discrimination we examine how the health system is failing lesbians, gays and bisexuals

Drugs, alcohol, smoking, depression, self-harm, suicide, domestic abuse, body image issues, eating disorders and cancer risks – when Stonewall put a finger on the pulse of Britain’s gay and bisexual men, it diagnosed a heap of trouble.

April 25, 2012

Extremist 'gay cure' group say Mayor of London's decision to ban bus advert breached religious freedom rights

A Christian group which planned to run anti-gay adverts on London buses is seeking a judicial review of mayor Boris Johnson's decision to ban the campaign.

Anglican Mainstream and the Core Issues Trust claim Transport for London's refusal to run the advert, which read 'Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!', breached their rights to freedom of religion and expression.

April 21, 2012

Chuck Colson, well known for his anti-gay ideas, has died

Chuck Colson, known for his work with President Richard Nixon, has died. He was 80.

April 19, 2012

London Mayor Boris Johnson has said he blocked an anti-gay bus campaign fearing a backlash against Christians in the British capital

London Mayor Boris Johnson has said he ordered the capital’s iconic buses not to carry homophobic adverts for fear of a backlash against Christians.

The adverts had been planned by right-wing Christian organizations the Core Issues Trust and Anglican Mainstream and implied gay people could be ‘cured’ saying: ‘Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!’

April 12, 2012

Complaints start as London buses scheduled to carry anti-gay advert next week

London’s iconic red buses are set to carry a homophobic advert which suggests that gay people can be ‘cured’.

Core Issues Trust's advert states: 'Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!'

April 12, 2012

Robert Spitzer has retracted his 2001 claims that gay people can be converted - he now says 'gay cures' can be harmful

An American psychiatrist responsible for a 2001 study which suggested lesbian, gay and bisexual people could change their orientation has admitted he was wrong.

Over the course of his career Robert Spitzer has repeatedly made waves with his research into the psychology of same-sex attraction.

On the one hand, he was responsible for the removal of homosexuality from the American Psychological Association’s list of mental disorders in 1973.

April 10, 2012

Gay Star News interviews the director of a new documentary about Christian ‘gay cure’ programmes, and their survivors, in Australia

Christian programmes that pledge to ‘help with unwanted same-sex attraction’ and ‘sexual brokenness’ still exist in Australia, and mainstream churches are sending unhappy gay people there. Film director Heather Corkhill found a dozen such programmes while she was researching her documentary ‘The Cure’. As her film is screened at Brisbane Queer Film Festival this weekend, she talks to Gay Star News.

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February 3, 2012

Jewish Telegraph columnist Doreen Wachmann says therapists ‘discriminate’ against religious gays by not ‘curing’ them

A rabbi, a bisexual Jewish therapist and gay Jews have condemned a comment article in the Jewish Telegraph that says gay religious people should be allowed to ‘cure’ their sexuality.

The British Jewish newspaper’s columnist Doreen Wachmann admits that ‘gay cures’ don’t ‘always work’ but says that they should be tried anyway, if people want to. She also claims there is a ‘fascism’ disallowing free speech on the subject among Orthodox Jews.

February 3, 2012

Spanish-language story on ex-gay conversion therapy under fire

A story on so-called 'ex-gay conversion' therapy that aired on Univision earlier this week is being criticized by singer Ricky Martin and by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for being unbalanced.

February 1, 2012

Nationwide helpline reaches out to isolated parents and children struggling with coming out

A lifeline for Chinese parents, who are often isolated and confused when their children come out, was launched this week by PFLAG China (Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays). Calls will be answered by mothers who understand what parents go through when their child first tells them that they are gay.

December 20, 2011

Backlash against attempts to decriminalise gay sex in the Caribbean

Outraged Caribbean activists have condemned anti-gay adverts that have appeared in newspapers in Trinidad and Jamaica.

Trinidad’s Sunday Express published an advertisement titled ‘What you should know about homosexuality’ while a Jamaican paper published a similar piece on World AIDS Day.

The Trinidad advert said ‘homosexuality is a manifestation of sexual brokenness’ and argued this was caused by childhood trauma.