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October 8, 2014

Phil Robertson is at it again, leading a sermon that claims straight, married couples cannot get an STD

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson is at it again, claiming the only way to protect yourself from STDs is to have 'Biblically correct' sex'.

According to Raw Story, Robertson delivered a sermon at White's Ferry Road Church in Louisiana claiming heterosexual sex is the only way to stay 'safe'.

'Biblically correct sex is safe,' Robertson said.

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 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 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.

April 3, 2014

Spoiler alert, at the show a 19-year-old student said he would have sex for the first time - he did not have sex

A gay teen who planned to lose his virginity in the ‘name of art’ pulled out, and instead performed something a little different.

Clayton Pettet, a 19-year-old art student, vowed to perform a piece called ‘Art School Stole My Virginity’.

Before the show on 1 April, he claimed he would lose his anal virginity live on stage and then discuss it with the audience afterwards.

March 25, 2014

Author warns of the 'hazards' of homosexual behavior and urges parents to protect their children

A Nigerian columnist has said gay sex leads to adults wearing diapers.

Benedict Hart wrote an article in the Nigerian Vanguard daily newspaper in order to support the new draconian anti-gay law.

February 13, 2014

Clayton Pettet, 19, is being accused of 'cheapening sexual relationships' for his 'once-in-a-lifetime performance'

A gay teen planning to lose his virginity ‘in the name of art’ has chosen a central London venue for his ‘exhibit’.

Art student Clayton Pettet, 19, said he will have sex for the first time at the Orange Dot gallery in Bloomsbury for a project called ‘Art School Stole My Virginity’.

The Central Saint Martins art school student, who has been planning the project for three years, described it as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime performance’.

November 6, 2013

A revolutionary anal condom that simulates condom free sex is being trailed in Boston by the US National Institutes of Health in the hopes of encouraging more people to engage in safer sex

An anal sex specific prototype of a new generation of condoms is being tested by Boston’s Fenway Institute as part of a clinical trial by the US National Institutes of Health.

Origami Condoms have developed a new kind of sexual barriers which simulate condomless sex and their anal condom hopes to be a game changer in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted infections among gay men.

Insertive condoms for women have been available in the past but the Origami Anal Condom is the first condom designed for use by a passive partner during anal sex.

July 2, 2013

The German Medical Association has recommended that gay men be allowed to donate blood while people who engage in risky practices be excluded regardless of sexuality

Germany’s national Medical Association has recommended that gay men be allowed to donate blood, provided they have not engaged in higher risk behaviors for a period of time.

Currently men who have sex with men are banned for life from donating blood, but the German Medical Association has said it is open to the idea of banning people from donating based on whether they have engaged in risky behavior within a certain period rather than on the basis of the gender of their partners.

April 11, 2013

Anti-sodomy law had not been enforced since 1997 but remained on the books

The Montana House of Representatives on Wednesday (10 April) passed a bill that officially decriminalizes gay sex under state law.

Even though the law had been struck down by the Montana Supreme Court in 1997 and was not being enforced, it remained on the books.

Senate Bill 107 passed the House with a vote of 65-34, according to Rep. Bryce Bennett, the only openly gay member of The House.

April 5, 2013

Lebanese security forces use ‘anal probe’ exams to test for ‘proof’ of men being gay, reported a local legal organization

Anal probes are still being used in Lebanon by security forces in order to ‘determine’ ‘proof’ of men being ‘gay’, revealed Legal Agenda (Al Mufakkira Al Qanuniyya), a local legal organization.

These tests, which Human Rights Watch has previously discredited, saying they amount to torture and humiliation, are still being carried out despite being banned by the Lebanese justice ministry and the country’s medical association.

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.

November 29, 2012

'Trying to change who you are instead of loving who you are leads to broken spirits and broken hearts'

Under fire from LGBT groups for a show on so-called reparative therapy that attempts to turn gay people straight, Dr. Mehmet Oz has gone on the record saying he does not believe such therapy can work.

November 29, 2012

GLAAD, GLSEN and PFLAG believe program provided a 'lengthy platform for junk science'

A trio of LGBT groups have joined together to condemn an episode of The Dr. Oz Show that aired on Wednesday (28 November) and dealt with ex-gay reparative therapy which that aims and purports to change sexual orientation.

November 10, 2012

GSN reclines on the counselor’s couch to find out how a healthy sex life can help gay men have better relationships

Quiet, considered and thoughtful, Nicholas Rose is not perhaps the first person I would have thought of to talk about sex with.

Rose is a counselor and psychotherapist who specializes in working with gay men and gay couples, and it’s clear that not much surprises him when it comes to talking about the complex and sometimes tricky subject of sex.

Why is sex such a big deal?

October 26, 2012

GSN takes a look into homosexuality in the ancient Greco-Roman world for LGBT History Month

Sexuality is a topic often whitewashed out of our history books, and we rarely see the place of LGBT people in the ancient world mentioned in television documentaries.

Most of us know that the ancient pagan world was more tolerant of homosexuality than the one god religions that would follow. But how tolerant were the ancient Greeks and Romans? It turns out they weren’t nearly as tolerant as you might like to think.

Neither the Greeks or the Romans had a concept of homosexuality or heterosexuality.

August 5, 2012

Enlargement of the pupil is an accurate, infallible way of determining sexual orientation, according to a new study

A new study has claimed to have found a way to tell whether someone is straight, gay or bisexual.

According to Live Science, scientists believe pupil dilation is an accurate way of discovering a person’s sexual orientation.

When people look at erotic images and become aroused, their pupils open up in an unconscious reaction that could be used to study orientation and arousal.

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 20, 2012

The out gay author and activist is nominated for the Youtube video campaign meant to give hope to bullied gay teens

Dan Savage has been nominated for an Emmy Award for It Gets Better project.

The viral campaign was launched by Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, as a response to gay teens who were committing suicide because of anti-gay bullying.

Savage is nominated in the category of Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality, or Reality-Competition Program

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.

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.

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.

January 27, 2012

The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has condemned a 'gay cure' conference in London today.

Activists are calling a Christian group which claims to offer a cure for homosexuality 'dangerous' as its controversial 'gay leper' conference begins in London.

The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) is 'up in arms' about the Core Issues Trust's Lepers Among Us event, which runs today (27 January) at the Emmanuel Centre in the British capital's Westminster area, from 10am-8pm.

The non-profit organization advocates so-called 'reparative therapy', claiming it can help gay people become straight.