LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Ex-gay movement

April 4, 2014

Spokesman for 'gay cure' group claims through therapy he was able to change behaviors, such as his 'mincing walk', that meant his orientation somehow also changed

A British man who claims to have slept with over 200 men has declared he is ‘straight’.

James Parker has claimed, through therapy, he was able to marry a woman and have a child.

The 46-year-old, who is now part of a British Christian ‘gay cure’ group People Can Change, has now written about how he was able to ‘convert’.

When he was 18, and he moved to London, he believed he had over 200 sexual partners while he was on the gay scene.

March 19, 2014

Australia’s Living Waters ‘ex-gay’ ministry has announced it will close by the end of June - citing a lack of interest and lack of qualified personnel to continue operating

Australian ‘ex-gay’ ministry Living Waters has announced it will close its doors and its national director will resign by the end of the month.

Living Waters national director Ron Brookman made the announcement 12 March in a group newsletter, writing, ‘I sense, and the board and leadership team around me concur that, sadly, it is time to wind up the ministry.’

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.

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 10, 2013

Organizers insist the decision to pull Donnie McClurkin, the gospel singer who claims God saved him from homosexuality,  from the MLK memorial concert was a 'mutual decision

'Ex-gay' gospel performer Donnie McClurkin will not take the stage for the 10 August Washington, DC memorial concert for Martin Luther King, Jr.

'The Mayor directed the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to ask Donnie McClurkin to withdraw,' Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray's spokesperson, Doxie McCoy, said to the Washington Blade in an email.

August 9, 2013

Donnie McClurkin, who claims God saved him from homosexuality, is expected to perform this Saturday at a memorial for late civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.

A controversial gospel singer who claims God quelled his lust for men will join President Obama in honouring Martin Luther King this weekend.

Donnie McClurkin, a Grammy award-winning singer, was ‘just announced’ this week in the line-up of performances and events scheduled to commemorate the 50th anniversary of King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

McClurkin is notorious for his statements claiming religion rescued him from homosexuality.

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 24, 2013

Exodus International vice president Randy Thomas has issued his own apology after its president Alan Chambers apologized and closed the organization

The Vice President of the world’s largest ‘ex-gay’ therapy group has apologized for his role in the organization following its being shut down by Exodus International president Alan Chambers.

‘I apologize to the gay community for idealizing and reinforcing the institutional groupthink of Exodus,’ Exodus vice president Randy Thomas said in a public statement.

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

An Ex-Gay Pride Month organized by groups with links to the Family Research Council has been postponed two weeks into the “festivities” in response to unspecified ‘anti-ex-gay extremism’

'Ex-Gay Pride Month 2013' has been cancelled in the United States due to what organizers call ‘anti-ex-gay extremism’ but they have pledged to hold another month of events in September.

The Ex-Gay Pride Month was being organized by Voice of the Voiceless and Equality and Justice for All – two groups associated with the far-right anti-gay Family Research Council.

July 11, 2013

Vicar accuses police of being 'manipulated by homosexuals' after authorities arrested an American evangelist in Wimbledon

A London priest has said you can quit being gay like you can with smoking cigarettes or using drugs.

Peter Ratcliff, a vicar of St John’s Church of England in Colliers Wood, south-west London, came to an American evangelist’s aid after his arrest last week.

Last week, Tony Miano was held for around six hours after he preached homosexuality was a sin on Wimbledon streets as the international tennis event took place.

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.

July 6, 2013

Ex-gay advocate is certain the 'radical homosexual lobby' intends to destroy the church in the US

Greg Quinlan, an advocate in the ex-gay movement, doesn't know much, but he's certain of the following: President Barack Obama and US Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Elana Kagan are under cover gay.

On 3 July, Quinlan was a guest on Sons of Liberty Radio. As reported by Right Wing Watch, the no longer gay claimed he worked for the Human Rights Campaign, a gay civil rights organization, in the 1990s.

July 3, 2013

America’s far-right Family Research Council has declared July ‘Ex-Gay Pride Month’ and will end the month with a $150 a head dinner at which retiring Republican Senator Michele Bachmann will speak

The Family Research Council has declared this July to be ‘Ex-Gay Pride Month’ and will end the month with a lavish dinner where political marriage equality foes will speak.

To push the notion that homosexuality is a curable condition, the Family Research Council has launched two groups, Voice of the Voiceless, which describes itself as ‘the only anti-defamation league for former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions, and their families,’ and Equality and Justice for All.

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 23, 2013

Australia’s Living Waters ex-gay ministry has pledged to continue to try to make LGBTs straight despite Exodus International apologizing and shutting down

A leading Australian Christian ministry that tries to cure people of their same-sex attraction has vowed to soldier on despite Exodus International, the largest Christian reparative therapy group in the world, admitting that people cannot change their sexuality and shutting down.

June 23, 2013

Mark Culligan, of New Hearts Outreach, thinks all it takes is small group therapy and "God's unconditional love' to get rid of same-sex desire

Exodus International's doors might be closed, but that will not stop a splinter group from advocating conversion therapy.

Mark Culligan is the founder of New Hearts Outreach, an Exodus International chapter located in Tampa Bay, Florida. While his organization is removing from its website all references to the world's largest 'gay cure' ministry, New Hearts is not changing its mission: making gays and lesbians straight.

June 20, 2013

Exodus International president Alan Chambers has officially apologized to the harm they have caused to the LGBT

The 'gay cure' Christian ministry claiming to be the oldest and largest in the world has shut down and the directors have apologized to the LGBT community.

In a press release posted on the ministry’s website Wednesday night (19 June), the US-based Exodus International announced the decision to close after nearly four decades.

May 2, 2013

Matt Moore, a blogger for the Christian Post who claimed he was 'cured' of 'sinful homosexuality', has admitted he still has feelings for men

April 25, 2013

John Paulk, the former chairman of Exodus International, has apologized for saying religion will cure homosexuality

A man who once claimed to have been ‘cured’ of his sexuality has formally apologized for the harm he has caused, adding he is still gay.

John Paulk, the former chairman of Exodus International and founded the ‘Focus On The Family’, has released a statement renouncing his ‘ex-gay’ past.

‘For the better of ten years, I was an advocate and spokesman for what’s known as the “ex-gay movement”’ said Paulk, ‘where we declared that sexual orientation could be changed through a close-knit relationship with God, intensive therapy and strong determination.

March 14, 2013

The National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality which claims that homosexuals can turn straight through therapy has lost its tax exempt status after it failed to file the correct paperwork for three years in a row

The leading group representing psychologists and therapists who believe that homosexuality is a treatable condition has lost its tax exempt status after it failed to file the correct paperwork with the US Inland Revenue Service (IRS) for three years running.

March 11, 2013

After a massive public outcry and court intervention, Spanish medic and proponent of Ex-Gay therapy, Jokin de Irala, was forced to cancel his planned public lecture in Costa Rica

Professor Jokin de Irala, known for outspoken views that homosexuality is a 'curable disease' and an 'epidemic', was forced to cancel a planned lecture on the subject in an international convention in Costa Rica.

Irala, a Spanish medical doctor, was due to speak on 7 March on the subject of 'curing' homosexuality, at the 5th Central American Congress of Bioethics that was held in Costa Rica.

February 25, 2013

Core Issues Trust wants to force Travel For London to carry adverts saying 'Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!'

A Christian group is to go against Mayor Boris Johnson this week after he banned their ‘gay cure’ posters from London buses.

The Mayor of London refused to run the advertisements that promoted the group’s view homosexuals can be ‘cured’ by therapy, an idea condemned by the majority of worldwide health organizations.

Christian group Core Issues Trust say the mayor violated their freedom of speech, and hope to force Travel For London to use their adverts.