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April 2, 2015

Terms for non-heterosexual orientations are forbidden and LGBTI-related information has to be removed

South Korea has banned schools from teaching about homosexuality in the conservative country’s first guidelines on sex education.

Training materials, issued to education offices in every city and province on 29 March, stated that ‘teaching about homosexuality is not permitted.’

‘Sex education is not intended to be an opportunity for teachers to share their views on sexuality,’ it added.

The document also forbids the use of terms for non-heteroxual orientations and orders schools to remove LGBTI-related information from their current curriculums.

February 28, 2015

Vice sends their cameras to Journey Into Manhood, a gay conversion program, where men pay more than US$600 to attend a weekend retreat to be 'cured' of their same-sex attractions

US-based Vice, known for its guerrilla-style and constroversial documentaries, has released a three-part documentary investigating gay conversion therapy – a practice that has been denounced by medical communities and partially banned by several states including California and New Jersey.

For the documentary, Vice sent their cameras to Journey Into Manhood, a gay conversion program, where men pay more than US$600 to attend a weekend retreat where they participate in exercises and activities to 'cure' themselves of their attraction to other men.

February 13, 2015

First time a US court rules homosexuality is not a disease or disorder

A New Jersey judge has ruled misrepresenting homosexuality as a disorder in marketing conversion therapy services is consumer fraud.

The ruling marks the first time a US court has found that homosexuality is not a disease or a disorder and that it is fraudulent for conversion therapists to make such a claim.

Hudson County superior court judge Peter Bariso Jr said Tuesday (10 February) such claims violated the state's Consumer Fraud Act.

December 26, 2014

Hailed as a landmark victory for LGBTs in China, gay rights activists say they hope the court's decision will help put an end to the practice of 'gay conversion' therapy in the country

In the first case of its kind in China, Beijing's Haidian District People's Court last Friday ruled that the Xinyupiaoxiang Counseling Center in Chongqing had no medical basis to offer a cure for homosexuality.

It ordered the clinic to pay 3,500 yuan (US$560) to Yang Teng who took the case to court after he underwent hypnosis and electric shock treatment after being told by the clinic that it was a safe and effective cure for homosexuality. 

December 4, 2014

Once signed into law, the unanimously approved bill will bar any therapists in the US capital from attempting to convert gay, bi or trans kids

Following in the footsteps of California and New Jersey, the District of Columbia Council in Washington has approved a bill to prohibit LGBTI youth from undergoing any form of gay-to-straight conversion therapy.

The bill was approved unanimously on Tuesday.

September 15, 2014

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for the agency to denounce 'gay cures'

A Chinese man suing a 'gay cure' clinic has secured a meeting with the World Health Organization (WHO) after more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to denounce 'gay cures.'

The WHO agreed to meet 30-year-old Xiao Zhen, a pseudonym, in China.

At the time of writing more than 108,000 members of LGBTI rights group All Out had signed the petition.

September 12, 2014

'...Over the last few decades a number of well-known, reputable professional and scientific organizations have publicly condemned the practice of SOCE [sexual orientation change efforts]...'

A US court unanimously upheld New Jersey's ban on 'anti-gay' therapy for teenagers.

A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled today (11 September) that the east coast state's law, prohibiting therapists from using conversion counseling with people under 18, does not violate free speech rights.

August 1, 2014

Some of the leading figures in the global ‘ex-gay’ movement have signed a joint letter of apology and have now pledged to denounce attempts to ‘cure’ people of their same-sex attractions

Leading former figures from ‘ex-gay’ groups including Exodus International and Love In Action have today released a letter of apology and a pledge to work to undo the harm they have done.

The group includes Exodus International co-founder Michael Bussee, Courage UK founder Jeremy Marks, Coming Back founder Bill Prickett, Love In Action outreach director Tim Rymel and executive director John J Smid, Paraklete Ministries founder Darlene Bogle and Yvette Schnieder who earlier this week announced her support for the banning of so-called reparative therapies on minors.

June 30, 2014

Justices decline to review appeal of law prohibiting licensed counselors and therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender expression

The US Supreme Court today passed on reviewing a case challenging California's new law which makes it illegal for licensed therapists and counselors s to try and change the sexual orientation or gender expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children.

By declining to get involved, the high court leaves in place a US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling which upheld the ban on what is known as 'conversion therapy,' 'reparative therapy,' 'ex-gay therapy,' or 'sexual orientation change efforts.'

May 16, 2014

This is the first time a China court has reportedly taken up a lawsuit against a 'gay cure' organization

A gay man is to sue a Chinese clinic after doctors tried to turn him straight with hypnosis.

A Beijing court has agreed to hear the case and is reportedly the first time a court in China has taken up a suit against a ‘gay cure’ organization.

Xinyu Piaoxiang, the clinic in Congqing, offered the ‘gay conversion’ hypnosis treatment to the man involved.

The plaintiff alleges that not only did the treatment not work, he is now suffering from significant psychological damage.

April 23, 2014

New book reveals he did not have his first relationship with a man until his late 30s

A new book reveals that the trial judge in the case that overturned California's Proposition 8 had undergone ex-gay conversion therapy in his younger years.

Judge Vaughn Walker, who came out publicly after striking down California's gay marriage ban, fought back tears during the 2010 trial when a witness testified about his painful memories of participating in such therapy as a teen.

Walker tells author Jo Becker that because he had not yet had sex with a man when he underwent therapy for what he thought to be an 'affliction.'

April 16, 2014

A bill that would have prevented same-sex attracted young people from being subjected to attempts to alter their sexual orientation has been voted down in Illinois

A bill that would have ended attempts to ‘cure’ gay and lesbian youth of their sexual orientations in the US state of Illinois has failed despite Democrats holding a majority in the state House of Representatives.

54 state representatives voted against the bill while only 44 representatives voted for it.

There are 108 seats in the Illinois House of Representatives and 71 of those are held by Democrats.

March 25, 2014

Jerry Mugandze, a Texas-based neurotherapist who uses color therapy to 'expel gay demons', is considering suing the makers of Channel 4's documentary Cure Me, I'm Gay

A ‘therapist’ is threatening to sue after a UK documentary featured his theory that gay people can be ‘cured’ using crayons.

Jerry Mungadze, a Zimbabwe minister turned Texas neurotherapist, was featured in a Channel 4 film Cure Me I’m Gay.

In the show, gay British doctor Christian Jessen set out to experience ‘gay cure’ treatments offered around the world.

He meets with Mugandze, undercover, in order to experience his theory that children’s wax crayons could be the key in ‘curing’ homosexuality.

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.

February 19, 2014

Washington state may be about to become the next US state to ban so-called ‘ex-gay’ therapies as a bill heads to the state Senate after a successful vote in the House of Representatives

Washington state may join New Jersey and California in banning so-called reparative therapies that try to turn same-sex attracted persons straight after a bill passed the state House of Representatives.

The bill was sponsored by former Democratic state representative Marko Liias before he successfully ran for the state Senate.

Only four members of the state House of Representatives voted against House Bill 2451 – with many Republicans voting for it.

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.

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 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.

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 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.