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Third Circuit Upholds New Jersey Ban on Conversion Therapy

Friday, September 12th, 2014

New Jersey mapAnother court has upheld New Jersey’s ban on so-called “ex-gay” conversion therapy for minors.

Towleroad.com reports:

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld New Jersey’s ban on ‘ex-gay’ conversion therapy for minors, which was being challenged by the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) and other ‘ex-gay’ activists. Last year, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the bill into law banning the dangerous practice.

So far, these bans have survived all their court hearings. It’s time for some more states to block this practice.

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USA: Nine Former Ex-Gay Leaders Join Campaign to Ban Conversion Therapy

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Gay RightsA group of former ex-gay leaders is joining NCLR to fight to ban the practice in the US.

Pink News reports:

Nine former leaders of the ‘ex-gay’ movement have published an open letter in support of the #BornPerfect campaign of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), which aims to ban ‘conversation therapy’ across the US within five years. The letter was signed by: Brad Allen, Michael Bussee and Yvette Cantu Schneider, formerly of Exodus International; Jeremy Marks, founder of Exodus Europe and Courage UK; Bill Prickett, founder of Coming Back; Tim Rymel and John J. Smid, formerly of Love in Action; Catherine Chapman, formerly of the Portland Fellowship; and Darlene Bogie, founder of Paraklete Ministries. “Together we represent more than half a century of experience, so few people are more knowledgeable about the ineffectiveness and harm of conversion therapy,” the letter reads in part.

Wow – the whole ex-gay thing is just falling to pieces.

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China Gay Cure Clinic Sued

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Great Wall of ChinaA China gay cure clinic is being sued by LGBT activists.

Pink News reports:

Campaigners in China have taken a clinic to court over its backing of gay-to-straight conversion therapy. It’s the first time a lawsuit of this kind has been staged in the country. China declassified homosexuality as a mental illness in 2001, but scores of clinics still seek to provide so-called conversion therapy. Dr Zhou Zhengyou, of the Nanjing Urban Psychiatric Consultancy Centre, claims to have successfully “cured” 70% of his gay patients. He charges $120 (#70) a session. LGBT activists have begun a legal challenge against the clinic. The case will be heard in court on Thursday.

Wow – this is the first time I’ve heard of such action being taken in Asia, and in China, no less!

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California Conversion Therapy Ban Survives Challenge

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

California MapThe California conversion therapy ban survived a legal challenge as the US Supreme Court refused to take on the case.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law that bars psychological counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight. The justices turned aside a legal challenge brought by supporters of so-called conversion or reparative therapy. Without comment, they let stand an August 2013 appeals court ruling that said the ban covered professional activities that are within the state’s authority to regulate and doesn’t violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that California lawmakers properly showed that therapies designed to change sexual orientation for those under the age of 18 were outside the scientific mainstream and have been disavowed by most major medical groups as unproven and potentially dangerous.

One bit of good news on an otherwise dismal Supreme Court rulings day.

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USA: NCLR Launches Initiative To Abolish “Conversion” Therapy Nationwide By 2019

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Born Perfect NCLR

Advocates of “conversion” therapy often promote the practice as a means for gay children and adults to successfully rid themselves of “unwanted sexual desires.” This aforementioned “conversion” is supposedly accomplished through a wide variety of methods, which can include showing the subject images of gay sex scenes accompanied by sensations of extreme heat, extreme cold, or even extreme pain, and in some cases, may even include electroshock therapy. These methods among others utilized by “conversion” therapy practitioners and the detrimental psychological effect these methods have on the subject are contributing factors to the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the National Association of Social Workers (to name a few) all officially denouncing such efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation as likely to cause severe and long-lasting psychological harm to the subject.

As of this writing, the only U.S. states which have enacted legislation to ban “conversion” therapy for minors under the age of 18 are California and New Jersey. In the past year, there have been several efforts to enact similar bans on the practice in more than half a dozen other states plus the District of Columbia (which is scheduled to hold hearings on the subject starting Friday), however, most of these efforts have stalled.

Enter the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). On Tuesday, the group announced the start of a new campaign entitled #BornPerfect, which aims to ban “conversion” therapy throughout the entire United States of America within the next five years.

The Advocate reports:

The new campaign involves working with activists, organizers, lawmakers, and citizens to enact legislation in all 50 states outlawing the use of “reparative therapy” on minors by licensed therapists and counselors within the next five years. NCLR hopes to accomplish this by providing state legislators and LGBT leaders with comprehensive resources to build local campaigns against the discredited practice, then continuing to work closely with lawmakers and advocates as they draft legislation and testifying in support of such bills in state legislatures. The legal group is already in touch with a number of LGBT adults who were subjected to such treatment as children and can speak directly to the harm it caused them.

The campaign’s website hosted by the NCLR contains sections on the dangers of conversion therapy, survivor stories, proposed and active pieces of legislation, active legal cases, a resource center, and much more. Please do yourselves a favor and check it out. You won’t regret it!

New York Senate Blocks LGBT Bills

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

New York MapThe state Senate killed two LGBT bills by not allowing them to come up for a vote, although both were seen as likely to pass.

Pink News reports:

The New York Senate has blocked bills which banned ‘gay cure’ therapy for minors, and protected trans people from discrimination. The ban on therapy to ‘cure’ homosexuality in minors had already been passed by the Assembly earlier this month, but was blocked by the Senate alongside the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act. The Senate leadership ended the legislative session without allowing the bills to go to a vote, despite support from both Democrats and Republicans.

The traitorous democrats (or is that DINO’s) who gave control of the state Senate over to the GOP are the gift that just keeps giving.

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USA, California: Ex-Gay Ban Appealed to Supreme Court

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

US Supreme CourtCalifornia’s ex-gay therapy ban will remain on hold as opponents file an appeal to the US Supreme Court.

Joe.My.God reports:

Last week the Ninth Circuit Court refused to consider the Liberty Counsel’s en banc appeal to overturn California’s ban on the “ex-gay” torture of LGBT youth. But the Ninth has now delayed the implementation of the ban while the Liberty Counsel asks the Supreme Court to hear their case. California’s SB 1172, which the 9th Circuit upheld in August, prohibits state-licensed psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors from using sexual-orientation change therapy on patients younger than 18. After the full court refused to hold an en banc rehearing of the case, the challengers requested a stay of the mandate so that they can petition the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari. The appellate panel in turn granted a 90-day stay late Monday. “In the event that the petition for writ of certiorari is timely filed, the stay shall continue until final disposition by the Supreme Court,” according to the brief order. Counselors, psychiatrists and their patients filed two cases against Gov. Jerry Brown over the ban, which they challenge as a violation of their free speech rights.

Grasping at straws, people. Grasping at straws.

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USA, California: Congresswoman Proposes National Ban On Reparative Therapy

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

California Representative Jackie SpeierA US congresswoman from California is re-introducing a proposed ban on reparative or conversion therapy for gay youth.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Wednesday reintroduced a resolution asking the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage states to take steps to prevent minors from being harmed by controversial and discredited gay-to-straight conversion therapy. When first introduced last year, the Stop Harming Our Kids (SHOK) resolution was the first federal action taken to end the discredited sexual orientation change therapy — often referred to as “reparative therapy.” The practice is now banned in California and New Jersey.

A number of other states are also considering such bans. It also looks like an initiative to repeal California’s transgender kids rights bill may fail to make the ballot. Are we making progress on more than just the marriage equality front?

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USA, New Jersey: A Federal Judge Just Upheld a Ban on Conversion Therapy

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

New Jersey mapA federal judge just upheld the new law protecting New Jersey LGBT minors form so-called “conversion therapy” to make them straight.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A federal judge on Friday upheld a New Jersey law barring therapists from trying to turn gay youth straight. Judge Freda L. Wolfson said in the ruling that the law does not violate free speech or religious protection. The law “on its face does not target speech, and “counseling” is not entitled to special constitutional protection merely because it is primarily carried out through talk therapy,” Wolfson wrote. Gov. Chris Christie signed a ban on the controversial practice, known as gay conversion therapy, in August.

Two states, California and New Jersey, now have such laws, while the District of Columbia is considering one. We need to pass this in every single state to protect our younger LGBT friends… they shouldn’t be subjected to this dangerous (and sometimes fatal) “therapy” just so their parents can feel better about themselves.

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USA, California: Right Wing Goes After Conversion Therapy Ban Again In Court

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

California MapAfter losing the battle in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Liberty Counsel is asking for a rehearing.

Equality on Trial reports:

Today the Liberty Counsel, who brought one of the lawsuits challenging the ban on First and Fourteenth Amendment grounds, has filed a petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc at the Ninth Circuit. This means if they agree to rehear the case, the same panel could hear it again, or an 11-judge en banc panel will take up the issue anew. The petition questions the Ninth Circuit’s application of the more lenient rational basis scrutiny on a variety of grounds, suggesting that the law is content-based and viewpoint-based so that the proper First Amendment scrutiny should be the most rigorous strict scrutiny. And the petition suggests higher levels of scrutiny should apply if the law is based on conduct that touches on speech, among other things.

What, have they suddenly found some compelling new evidence that beating gay kids with tennis rackets actually does work to turn them straight?

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