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March 13, 2015

Father doubled over in tears, clutched stomach and heart then began rolling around on floor  - but today they are close

The therapist knew the college student's devout Muslim father and had this advice: Don't tell him.

'You have to think of it from a risk-rewards standpoint,' the therapist told Khalid el Khatib. 'If he cuts you off completely and cuts you out of his life, is it really worth it to you?'

So Khatib waited.

He graduated, moved from Iowa to New York City and entered into his first relationship. After that ended, he slipped into a depression.

December 30, 2014

The Ohio teenager was killed by a truck on Interstate 71. She left behind a note blaming her parents’ negative reaction to her wanting to transition, and an inability to see a positive future for herself, among other reasons

A 17-year-old transgender teen in Union Township, Ohio, has died after being struck by a truck. A suicide note that went live on her Tumblr account after her death suggests that she intended to kill herself.

She died at 2.20am on Sunday. Police say she had walked 3-4 miles from her parent’s house in Kings Mill, Ohio.

Following her death, the following note appeared on her blog.

October 29, 2014

Court of Appeal rejects two constitutional challenges to the country's sodomy law

Singapore's highest court today ruled the country's sodomy law which criminalizes gay sex is constitutional.

The Court of Appeal found that section 377A of the penal code did not infringe on the rights of 51-year-old artistic therapist and social volunteer Tan Eng Hong.

Tan was arrested for having in oral sex with man in a public toilet in 2010. He contested the law but the High Court dismissed his application in 2013.

July 24, 2014

Do relationship counselors know quickly when a couple are likely to stay together or split up? And what do they consider to be the warning signs that a couple are in trouble?

Relationship problems are nothing new for same-sex couples, but with more and more countries legalizing gay marriage, and an increasing number of LGBT people choosing to become parents, the practicalities of ending a relationship can be more complicated and the consequences more far-reaching.

July 13, 2014

How do you tell your children that you are transitioning from one sex to another? Janis Booth is a transwoman living in the Connecticut. She is the father of three sons. Now aged 64, she did not begin to transition until her late 50s, after being married for 26 years.

I started cross-dressing in my teens, but it was something that I kept secret from my wife. It wasn’t until I was about 58 that I talked to someone else about it.

All my life, I had carried the complete conviction that it would be impossible for me to transition from male to female. But I started to do a little research on the internet and joined a trans-support website and started talking with other people who had similar issues in their lives.

May 30, 2014

Anger Management cast member tells GSN: 'I've like never been in the closet. I like open shelving'

On the TV sitcom Anger Management, Michael Arden plays a guy who is gay and happens to be passive-aggressive.

The character, named Patrick, is also the patient of an anger management therapist played by Charlie Sheen.

'I get to play a gay character which I love and get to be a guy who is bit of an asshole, a self-centered asshole,' Arden tells Gay Star News.

'I get to exercise that part of my make-up at work then my boyfriend doesn't have to deal with it at home.

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 18, 2014

A Texas therapist used to tell patients to throw out any CDs by any artists that are 'popular in the gay community' and only listen to Christian music if they want to be straight

Adele is being accused of turning people gay with her music.

A retired 'therapist' used to claim the Oscar-winning ‘Skyfall’ singer is on the list of things that men ‘should avoid if they want to be straight’.

Openly gay doctor Christian Jessen, 37, discovered the bizarre claims in a new Channel 4 documentary Cure Me I’m Gay.

In the film, he meets retired 'therapist' John Smid from Texas who used to offer rehab for gay men.

As part of his old practices, he shows Jessen how he used to 'treat' his patients.

November 22, 2013

Anonymous recruit has written a passionate and shocking letter alleging the entrenched homophobia of US Air Force

A closeted gay cadet is slamming the US Air Force for saying gays are welcome by writing a letter explaining why so many LGBs feel 'so destroyed'.

The anonymous recruit decided to write a letter to Mikey Weinstein, the leader of Military Religious Freedom Foundation who said the Air Force is a 'safe and welcome place' for all people.

The MRFF is a foundation which aims to ensure everyone involved in the United States Armed Forces receive the constitutional guarantee of ‘religious freedom’.

June 6, 2013

Transcript of 1950s recording recently unearthed in files of private investigator

Famously closeted movie star Rock Hudson married Phyllis Gates in October 1954 - a move that no doubt quieted the gay rumors and helped his movie image.

But, it seems, Gates was not in on the deception and did not go into the the three-year marriage knowing Hudson was gay.

But she had her suspicions soon enough according to transcripts of a secret tape recording made between the couple by a private investigator whose secret records were recently discovered inside a storage unit in the San Fernando Valley.

April 18, 2013

Dr Paul Miller’s trial will be held behind closed doors, but not much is know of the reasons why

The hearing of a ‘gay cure’ therapist scheduled later this month is to deviate from convention and be held in secret.

A number of complaints have been made to the General Medical Council (GMC) regarding the ‘gay conversion therapy’ techniques practiced by the Belfast-based Dr Paul Miller.

In May 2011, London-based journalist Patrick Strudwick complained to the GMC after receiving what he deemed to be ‘inappropriate’ treatment’ from Miller. 

March 31, 2013

When the Supreme Court heard reviewed gay marriage in the US with the Propositon 8 and DOMA cases, one of the justices was thinking of the kids in gay families

A few months ago, I wrote a blog piece in anticipation of the US Supreme Court review of marriage equality and the Proposition 8 and DOMA cases. In that piece, an open letter to Justice Anthony Kennedy, I invited the jurist to dinner so that he could meet my family. While thousands of people read the article, I have no information to indicate that he did.

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 21, 2013

Think you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender? Not any more, apparently you are a Gender and Sexual Diversity or GSD

The term LGBT is too exclusive and should be replaced with Gender and Sexual Diversities (GSD), a UK-based therapy organization has said.

Pink Therapy in London has posted a video on Facebook arguing the term LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) needs to be replaced.

In the video, released yesterday (20 February), Pink Therapy director Dominic Davies and fellow therapist Pamela Gawler-Wright discuss how LGBT is ineffective, and GSD is inclusive.

February 8, 2013

Art will imitate life and the debate over how the world of American Football would accept an openly gay player when NFL drama Necessary Roughness fictionalizes a pro-player coming out

NFL drama Necessary Roughness, which screens on the USA Network in the United States, will explore what would happen if a professional footballer was to come out as more and more players come forward to say they would be accepted and that it would not matter to them.

The show, which is filming its third season, is about a single mother who lands a job as the therapist for a fictional NFL team and how she helps their staff and players out with her brand of tough-love help.

February 5, 2013

Dr Aubrey Levin, known as Dr Shock in his native South Africa, was convicted of sexually assaulting three patients in Canada

January 27, 2013

Purely in the name of research, we road-test some spectacular spa treatments

A few months ago I was working on a business magazine for Condé Nast’s contract publishing division. Over a content planning lunch at Japanese restaurant Sumosan in London’s Mayfair, Darius Sanai - the considered and intellectually intimidating editor - quickly corrected me mid-pitch as I excitedly outlined article options: ‘No, no - we don’t use the word “pamper” or “pampering”, that is not what this magazine is about. Find another word.’

January 7, 2013

De-stress and detox with a trip to London's tranquil Thai Square Spa, where its royal treatments and massages are fit for a queen

Limb-bending massage is as synonymous with Thailand as green curry, full moon beach parties and saffron-robed Buddhist monks.

However, my memories of the country’s ancient healing tradition when I was passing through Bangkok as a penniless student was not of supine pleasure.

Crammed full of sweaty backpackers all gently groaning under the pressure of their masseurs’ meaty hands, the parlor on infamous Khaosan Road was more like a battery hen factory than a spa.

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 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 22, 2012

Winfrey played psychiatrist who helped DeGeneres realize she was gay

Oprah Winfrey may be an Oscar-nominated actress, the talk show queen has taken on very few roles since she made a splash in 1985's The Color Purple.

One of the acting roles she did take on was as a therapist in a 1997 landmark episode of Ellen in which the lead character played by Ellen DeGeneres comes out as a lesbian.

Winfrey now reveals that after she appeared in the episode, which won an Emmy for its writing, the backlash quickly began.

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 2, 2012

Publication of Bob Bergeron's book has been cancelled

Bob Bergeron, a handsome New York City therapist with a thriving practice, had finished several rigorous edits of a book aimed at helping gay men cope with middle age.

He seemed to be an expert on the topic and stated on his Web site: 'I’ve got a concise picture of what being over 40 is about and it’s a great perspective filled with happiness, feeling sexy, possessing comfort relating to other men and taking good care of ourselves. This picture will get you results that flourish long-term.'

March 16, 2012

But the singer has 'explored' relationships with women and may do so again

Sinéad O'Connor has had relationships with women and if she were single, would consider one in the future.

But she doesn't consider herself bisexual.