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  • Why Is the Changed Movement Such a Threat?

    08/02/2020 5:46:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2020 | Michael Brown
    What is it that makes the very existence of ex-gays so threatening? And why is there a concerted, worldwide effort to block professional counseling for those with unwanted same-sex attractions? Before you think I’m exaggerating, consider these following examples.In England, Barclays Bank announced it was closing the account of a Christian charity after protest from LGBTQ activists. The charity, Core Issues Trust (CIT), was accused of practicing “conversion therapy.”On the social media front, it is now reported that, “Facebook and its photo platform Instagram are banning any content advertising or promoting treatment to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction.”According to Facebook spokeswoman...
  • Facebook censoring Christian ministry for allegedly promoting 'conversion therapy'

    07/29/2020 7:54:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/29/2020 | Brandon Showalter
    Facebook is starting to censor a Christian ministry for allegedly promoting "conversion therapy," removing posts of men and women who were once LGBT-identified and now follow Jesus. Anne Paulk, president of Restored Hope Network, explained to The Christian Post how at the apparent behest of the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters, the social media giant is taking down posts from their most recent conference, saying that they violate "community standards." "I find it ironic that Facebook is calling speech that say relational needs have relational answers 'hate speech' when the American Family Association literally had death threats against them...
  • Councillors, advocates criticize Swiss governments refusal to ban gay conversion therapy

    05/05/2020 10:51:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 4 October 2019 16:01 CEST+02:00
    Councillors from the city of Basel, as well as representatives from the National Council, have spoken out against the Federal Council for its refusal to put in place laws that would restrict gay conversion therapy. Despite gay conversion therapy being heavily criticized by advocacy groups and outlawed in some parts of the world, the LGBTIQ Pink Cross Switzerland organization says that it is common in Switzerland. The Federal Council has however stated that it opposes a ban, arguing that the current laws are sufficient to protect people from all types of alternate therapies. Lucas Ott, a representative in the City...
  • Canada moves to criminalize gay conversion therapy

    03/10/2020 7:51:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.10.2020 | see/rc (dpa, Reuters)
    Canadas federal government introduced legislation to criminalize gay conversion therapy that aims to change a persons sexual orientation to what is deemed normal by heterosexual standards. Conversion therapy is a cruel practice that can lead to life-long trauma, particularly for young people, said Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti. [] The new legislation would make it illegal to cause an individual to undergo conversion therapy or remove a minor from Canada for the purpose of undergoing this practice. It would also make it illegal to advertise or profit from providing such therapy. A ban on conversion...
  • How Conversion Therapy Bans Hurt Kids

    02/19/2020 6:33:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 18, 2020 | Andrea Jones
    Utah recently codified an administrative rule that bans any practice or treatment that seeks to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient or client under the age of 18. This made it the 19th state to ban the practice, frequently labeled conversion therapy. Some call this a milestone in protecting vulnerable children, but the reality is more complicated. Advocates describe so-called conversion therapy as a discredited practice linked to physical abuse, drug use, and suicide, and they point to politicized statements from medical associations and activist groups to support these claims. Although it is possible to find...
  • Child Abuse at the Doctor's Office

    01/22/2020 12:43:39 PM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 7 replies
    Eagle Forum ^ | 1/22/2020 | Erin Brewer
    Why do you feel like you were assigned the wrong sex at birth? Did your gender dysphoria start as a result of something like a trauma? Have your parents or friends encouraged you to believe you are trans? These are just a few questions that a therapist is no longer able to ask children in states that have banned conversion therapy. According to the Equality Act, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, conversion therapy is a discredited practice and is a form of discrimination that harms LGBTQ people by undermining individuals sense of self-worth, increasing suicide ideation...
  • Helpful Resources in Combating Transgender Ideology

    01/17/2020 4:00:08 PM PST · by lightman · 17 replies
    The Institute on Religion & Democracy ^ | 15 January A.D. 2020 | Clare Hepler
    Transgender ideology is permeating society, including some religious institutions, despite being a relatively new concept deserving careful consideration. Contemporary Protestant Christianity lacks universal agreement on these matters, especially within oldline Protestant churches. Creator of YouTube series, Transgender and Christian, Austen Hartke identifies as a transgender person of faith who interprets biblical passages as transgender-affirming. Hartke is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a graduate of Luther Seminarys Master of Arts program in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies. I believe God made all of megender identity includedand intended for me to be a transgender person who sees the...
  • Germany's Cabinet approves ban on gay, transgender 'conversion therapy'

    12/19/2019 2:55:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.18.2019 | kmm/sms (AFP/dpa/KNA)
    Germany moved one step closer to banning conversion therapy targeting transgender and gay people after its Cabinet approved a draft bill on Wednesday morning. The bill will next be presented to Germanys lower house, Health Minister Jens Spahn told the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland news group (RND). If the bill passes both houses of parliament, advertising or offering conversion therapy will be banned and infringements will carry fines of up to 30,000 ($33,000). After the proposed ban, only adults who freely seek out the controversial therapy will be legally permitted to undergo it. It is estimated that up to 2,000 conversion therapies...
  • Germany plans to ban gay 'conversion therapy'

    11/08/2019 8:02:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.04.2019 | rs/rt (AFP, dpa)
    German Health Minister Jens Spahn unveiled a draft law on Monday that largely bans conversion therapy for LGBT+ people. The practice will be completely banned for all youths under the age of 18, the newspapers of the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) reported, citing a copy of the draft law. The law stops short of a complete ban, however, with consenting adults allowed to seek treatment for their sexuality albeit under restricted circumstances. The practice would no longer be legal, however, if the person ended up consenting to the therapy after being deceived, coerced or threatened. Under the law, the ban...
  • Opinion: Homosexuality is not a disease

    11/04/2019 3:34:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.04.2019 | Ines Pohl, DW Editor-In-Chief
    German Health Minister Jens Spahn sent a clear, important signal on Monday when he declared that homosexuality is not a disease and therefore does not need therapy to be treated. He fleshed out his plans to ban so-called gay conversion therapy in Germany. The practice purports to transform homosexuals into heterosexuals. According to Spahn, anyone still found offering such conversion therapies will face up to one year in jail or a steep fine. Spahns step is both important and, unfortunately, still rather timely. Thats because many Germans are probably not even aware that each year, thousands of teenagers and adults...
  • New York City looks to repeal gay conversion therapy ban

    09/13/2019 1:22:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 13, 2019 | Deepti Hajela
    A New York City law banning so-called gay conversion therapy would be repealed under legislation introduced Thursday over concerns that a pending federal lawsuit could lead to a decision unfavorable to the LGBTQ community if the case were to make it to the Supreme Court. Council Speaker Corey Johnson introduced the repeal in what he called a painful decision. The council had passed the ban against the widely discredited practice, which aims to change a persons sexual orientation or gender identity, less than two years ago, at the end of 2017, and it took effect last year. The proposed repeal...
  • Israel education minister defends 'gay conversion therapy'

    07/13/2019 5:43:52 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 13th July 2019 | BBC News
    Israeli Education Minister Rafi Peretz has said he believes so-called "gay conversion therapy" can work, triggering widespread condemnation. "I think it's possible," Mr Peretz, an Orthodox rabbi, told Israel's Channel 12 TV channel. He added that he had "a very deep familiarity with the issue". PM Benjamin Netanyahu said such remarks were "unacceptable". Other politicians and gay groups also voiced criticism. "Gay conversion therapy" has been widely discredited around the world. The practice attempts to change an individual's sexual orientation through psychological, spiritual and sometimes physical means. What did Mr Peretz say?"I think that it is possible to convert [someone's...
  • The truth about so-called conversion therapy

    07/10/2019 9:27:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/10/2019 | Michael Brown
    In light of the latest attack on sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE), namely, Amazons banning of books on the subject, we do well to separate fact from fiction. Are these change efforts really so dangerous? Should they be banned and even criminalized?According to the critics, conversion therapy is dangerous and harmful because it tries to change something that cannot be changed, akin to trying to change a lefthanded person into a righthanded person. In keeping with this analogy, it would also say that there is something fundamentally wrong with being lefthanded.As expressed in Californias SB 1172, which was signed into...
  • Germany: Gay conversion 'therapy' ban presented

    06/13/2019 1:37:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.11.2019 | es/rc (dpa, EPD)
    German Health Minister Jens Spahn announced his plan on Tuesday to ban so-called gay conversion therapy nationwide. Although the practice is not as common in Germany as it is in other nations, it is still sometimes practiced in religious communities. Homosexuality is not a disease and therefore does not require treatment, said Spahn, presenting his findings after having consulted with an expert commission of 46 representatives from the field of politics and science on whether a ban would be advisable, legally and medically. Spahn added that despite being called therapy, the practice makes you sick and is not healthy. The...
  • Conversion Therapy Bans Make Good Health Care Illegal

    05/10/2019 6:51:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/10/2019 | Annie Crawford
    “No one will help us.” This refrain is echoed in story after story of parents whose child has suddenly announced that they are transgender. The parent of a teen with Asperger’s grieves that she cannot find “a professional that would consider her diagnosis of ASD” as possibly contributing to her gender dysphoria. When her daughter declared herself to be a boy, an anonymous parent writing at The Federalist looked for a “therapist who could help her sort out what her gender dysphoria meant.” What was going on in her daughter’s life that might be making her feel disassociated from...
  • Omar Refuses To Condemn Gays Being Stoned To Death Under Sharia Law, Violence Against Israel

    03/31/2019 3:35:38 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 38 replies
    Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who has called for defunding the entire Department of Homeland Security, expressed outrage over the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border this week, calling the conditions that illegal aliens were being detained in "abhorrent and inhumane" and a "reflection" of "white nationalism." "This is abhorrent and inhumane," Omar tweeted of the conditions in which a group of detained migrants was being kept. "It's without a doubt a reflection of what white nationalism is doing to our country. As a country, we have to acknowledge that this is how people are being treated here and decide that we...
  • A religious group wants the Supreme Court to overturn N.J.'s ban on gay conversion therapy

    03/13/2019 2:40:02 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies
    the star ledger ^ | 02.21.19 | Susan K. Livio
    Licensed therapists in New Jersey have been prohibited since 2013 from engaging in conversion therapy, an attempt to change a childs gender identity or their sexual orientation from gay to straight. But encouraged by a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year, Liberty Counsel, a national religious legal organization, just asked the nations highest court for a chance to prove New Jerseys law violates the free speech rights of counselors who believe the treatment works. The ruling in June struck down portions of a California law that required crisis pregnancy centers to tell pregnant women about the availability of publicly-funded family-planning...
  • Germany joins push to ban gay conversion therapies

    02/17/2019 5:19:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 February 2019 13:40 CET+01:00 | AFP
    German Health Minister Jens Spahn said Friday he will seek to ban conversion therapies that claim to change sexual orientation. Homosexuality is not an illness, which is why it does not need to be treated, Spahn, who is gay himself, told the Berlin daily left-leaning daily Die Tageszeitung. He hoped that a German law banning such therapies could be adopted by the middle of the year. [] I do not believe in these therapies, mainly owing to my own homosexuality, said Spahn, who represents the right wing of Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative CDU party.
  • Mormon gay conversion therapist now "choosing to pursue life" as homosexual

    01/23/2019 3:30:34 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 32 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 22th January 2019 | EWAN PALMER
    A prominent gay conversion therapist and active member of the ex-gay scene has announced his intentions to start a new life as a homosexual. David Matheson, author of the book Becoming a Whole Man and creator of several experimental programs which seek to address incongruous same-sex attractions revealed he is now seeking to date men. The announcement was revealed by fellow gay conversion advocate Rich Wyler, founder of the People Can Change organization, in a post to a private Facebook group obtained by Truth Wins Out (TWO), a group who fight against anti-LGBT prejudice and discrimination. Davidsays that living a...
  • Chloe Grace Moretz: 'My brothers tried to pray the gay away' [video]

    08/22/2018 3:30:12 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | 22nd August 2018 | BBC News
    Chloe Grace Moretz's new film tackles the controversial issue of gay conversion therapy - an issue that's close to home for the actress. In The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Moretz plays a teenager sent away to a Christian gay conversion camp in the 1990s.