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  • Can Gays Turn Straight? What the Evidence Says About “Ex-Gay” Therapy.

    04/20/2015 3:12:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 99 replies
    Slate ^ | April 20, 2015 | Nathaniel Frank
    Last week Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., introduced a bill in Congress asking states to ban sexual orientation conversion therapy, often abbreviated as CT, for minors. California is one of two states that have prohibited licensed professionals from offering the practice, which includes efforts to change not only sexual orientation but also gender identity. While the congressional bill is only a resolution—it encourages states to bar the practice rather than proposing the heavier lift of a federal ban—the idea that CT is dangerous and should be banned is gaining momentum ... What do we actually know about the practice of CT...
  • Obama: Ban Parents from Having Children Counseled Not to be ‘LGBTQ+’

    04/09/2015 6:57:12 AM PDT · by xzins · 318 replies
    CNS ^ | April 8, 2015
    President Barack Obama, through a statement posted Wednesday night on the White House website by adviser Valerie Jarrett, backed legislation that would ban parents from having their children counseled not to be what Jarrett called "LGBTQ+". “As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors,” Jarrett said in the White House statement. “Conversion therapy generally refers to any practices by mental health providers that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity,” said the statement. “Often, this practice is used on minors, who lack the...
  • Group Planning Legal Action Against DC for Banning Conversion Therapy for Gay Youth

    01/08/2015 9:50:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/08/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    An ex-gay organization is planning legal action against the District of Columbia for its recent banning of conversion therapy, also called Sexual Orientation Change Efforts therapy, for minors. Voice of the Voiceless, an organization focused on ex-gay rights and recognition, is in the early stages of planning to bring legal action against the government of the nation's Capital over the recently passed bill. Christopher Doyle, president and co-founder of VoV, told The Christian Post that at present they are seeking a plaintiff to bring a case against the new law. "We are still seeking a plaintiff (minor and their family)...
  • New York weighs kids’ gay conversion therapy ban

    06/11/2014 8:38:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 11, 2014 3:35 AM EDT | Josefa Velasquez
    A proposed ban against New York health professionals trying to change a child’s sexual orientation through therapy comes too late for Matthew Shurka, a 26-year-old Long Island man who says he remains emotionally scarred from five years of attempts to “cure” his homosexuality. “My anxiety was at its worst,” Shurka said of the therapy that began when he was 16. “I never attempted suicide, but I had a lot of suicidal thoughts and dreams and thinking about it, considering it.” […] New York’s Democratic-led Assembly is set to consider a bill on Wednesday that would ban the therapy on minors....
  • Conversion Therapy Law Threatens Christians: We're one step closer to mirroring Saudi Arabia

    08/30/2013 5:54:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/30/2013 | Fay Voshell
    When Chris Christie signed a law against conversion therapy directed at counseling teens experiencing homoerotic feelings, he probably didn't think he had just put New Jersey on a path similar to countries like Saudi Arabia, which forbids conversion from the prevailing Muslim faith. But forbidding efforts to convert is essentially what the governor did. He expressly forbade conversion from the prevailing progressive religion, whose chief doctrine is that sexual behavior, including the homoerotic behavior of some children, is a sacred, infallible, and therefore unchangeable indicator of what human identity entails. He forbade moral suasion. He forbade attempts to persuade young...
  • Christie will sign bill that bans gay conversion therapy

    08/19/2013 5:37:53 AM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 28 replies
    WaPo ^ | 8/19/13 | Aaron Blake
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday will announce that he plans to sign a bill that will ban the practice of trying to convert gay children to a heterosexual lifestyle, according to an aide. Christie’s office had previously made clear that the governor doesn’t believe in gay conversion therapy, but it had not said whether he would sign the bill passed by the legislature. Christie said months ago that, despite his personal opposition, he wasn’t sure whether the government should legislate the therapy. “I still have those concerns,” he plans to say Monday. “Government should tread carefully into...
  • Calif. Legislature Considers First-Ever Regulation of Gay 'Conversion Therapy'

    05/02/2012 8:52:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/02/2012 | Michael Gryboski
    A bill currently being amended in the California State Senate would make it harder for doctors who practice conversion therapy to service homosexual clients. If passed, it would be the first bill in the United States to regulate the practice. Senate Bill 1127, which was introduced by State Senator Ted Lieu in February, would ban conversion therapy for anyone under the age of 18 and require adults to sign an informed consent form before entering treatment. "Under no circumstances shall a patient under 18 years of age undergo sexual orientation change efforts, regardless of the willingness of a patient's parent,...
  • Amid Bachmann controversy, many Christians cool to conversion therapy for gays

    07/18/2011 10:35:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/18/2011 | Dan Gilgoff
    When presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, addressed accusations that his Christian counseling business encourages homosexual clients to try to change their sexual orientation, he appeared to play down the role of so-called conversion therapy at his clinics. "Is it a remedy form that I typically would use?” Bachmann told Minnesota’s Star Tribune newspaper. “It is at the client's discretion. "We don't have an agenda or a philosophy of trying to change someone," Bachmann said, noting that such therapy was not a focus of his two clinics. Bachmann’s seeming ambivalence about conversion therapy - sometimes called reparative therapy - after...
  • Masters & Johnson. Homosexuality in Perspective. (40%+ of gays in study were sexually reoriented)

    07/27/2004 9:05:34 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 68 replies · 1,895+ views
    New Direction ^ | 1979 | William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson
    Homosexuality in Perspective. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1979. Brief Description: Between 1968 and 1977, the Masters and Johnson Institute worked with 67 clients and their opposite-sex partners who came to them for the treatment of "homosexual dissatisfaction." Stated Goal of Therapy/Treatment: Conversion or reversion to heterosexuality. enabling clients to function heterosexually, so they can then choose how they want to live. No specific attempt was made to reduce or eliminate homosexual behaviour, desires or fantasies... Length of Treatment: 2 weeks, with daily therapy sessioons. ... At the time of publication, follow-up ranged from 1 to 5 years. While the...