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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.

October 21, 2013

As millions of Brits have had 'treatment' from unqualified therapists who may prescribe 'gay cures', several politicians are calling an end to quack treatment

A British member of parliament will introduce a bill to ban ‘gay cure’ therapists this week.

Geraint Davies, a Labour MP for Swansea West, has called for nationwide regulation of mental health therapists – ensuring any gay teen or adult is not faced with quack treatment.

‘Anyone can set themselves up as a counsellor or psychotherapist without training or experience with no recourse for the patient if something goes wrong,’ he said.

May 24, 2013

As people mark Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Bisi Alimi explains his own problems and why it has taken so long to own up to them

When Angelina Jolie talked openly about her mastectomy, many people commended her on her bravery. I have always admired her courage. From the screen to real life she has had a positive impact on so many women’s lives.

The mere fact she was comfortable enough to talk about her cancer fears will give other women the confidence they need to fight their cancer risks head-on.

November 23, 2012

Sam Orchard brings awareness to trans men's mental health this November

A transgender man in New Zealand is joining annual moustache-growing-for-charity month Movember, despite not being able to grow facial hair.

Sam Orchard is using a tattooed moustache on his finger to join Movember and has created Team Fauxstache with a friend to raise awareness about trans men, Stuff.co.nz reports.

October 9, 2012

Australian mental health charity headspace launches new campaign aimed at LGBTI youth

Australian mental health charity headspace has launched an ad campaign to support LGBTI young people.

Eye-catching posters and postcards reading ‘Charlie vs The Big Secret’ call on young people who feel they have to keep their sexuality a secret to contact headspace.

Headspace chief executive Chris Tanti said:

‘The pressure to fit in and be accepted often means holding onto a big secret and this may lead to mental health problems like anxiety and stress.

October 5, 2012

Investigative journalist calls for tougher regulations for therapists, as BACP formally opposes 'gay cure' practices

A UK psychotherapist has been struck off for using 'gay cure' therapy, after a two and a half year battle by an undercover journalist.

Lesley Pilkington, a 61-year-old who had been a shrink for 20 years, had her membership suspended from the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in May 2012 after she was found to be telling patients she could cure their sexuality.

October 4, 2012

A college student who claims he had same-sex attractions but was 'cured' after conversion therapy has filed a lawsuit against California, which has banned the 'treatments' for minors

A college student who claims he had same-sex attractions but was 'cured' after conversion therapy has filed a lawsuit against California, which has enacted a law that bans the so-called 'treatments' for under 18s.

Aaron Blitzer, who is studying to be a therapist in that field, believes the banning of the therapy intrudes on First Amendment protections of free speech, privacy and freedom of religion.

August 6, 2012

American Psychiatric Association removes transgender from mental illness category after years of LGTB lobbying

Transgender people are no longer considered 'mentally ill' by the American Psychiatric Association.

The mental health organization's decision to replace the term 'gender identity disorder' with 'gender dysphoria' means transgender is no longer categorized as a mental illness and comes after years of campaigning by activists.

April 1, 2012

‘Chems’ are highly addictive - GSN investigates the dark side of pleasure

On Caledonia Road, in the heart of London’s Kings Cross, there is a small shopfront painted bright purple and a discreet sign that confirms that this is the home of London Friend.

This nondescript, unassuming premises is the frontline in an ongoing campaign to educate gay men in Britain's capital about the risks that they’re taking and the harm that they’re doing to themselves.