Toledo Bans Conversion Therapy & Protects Gender Identity

LGBTQ rights in Toledo Ohio - gay and transgender rights

Yesterday the Toledo, Ohio City Council unanimously approved a measure banning anti-gay conversion therapy while adding gender identity to their city’s anti-discrimination protection classes. While many in the religious conservative community opposed it arguing its mental health counseling requirements would affect them (they won’t), those actually credentialed to provide such care lauded the vote. The Toledo Blade reported: Conversion therapy, which is designed to change a […]

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GOP Platform Descending into Far Right Madness

the 2016 GOP Convention Platform

While the GOP Platform Committee absolutely refused to add language recognizing the threat ISIS poses to the LGBTQ community in the wake of (and on the anniversary of) the Orlando LGBTQ massacre, they did manage to skew the platform further to the right than it has been in several years. Adding everything from conversion therapy and Christian proselytization in public schools […]

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GOP Platform: Jesus in Schools & Overturning Marriage Equality

the 2016 GOP Convention Platform

Leading up to the GOP convention in Cleveland the GOP Platform Subcommittee is working diligently to present the 2016 version of the Republican Party for the nation and world to see. And what does that image look like? Thus far the committee has agreed to shut down LGBTQ marriage equality through either judicial action or a constitutional amendment in addition […]

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OK GOP to Block Suicidal LGBT Kids From Seeing Gay-Friendly Counselors

Sally Kern

During a session filled with anti-gay legislation one bill proposes by the Oklahoma GOP would bar suicidal kids and teenagers from seeking gay-friendly counselors at school. Oklahoma House Bill 3044 would prohibit “certain referrals or providing information to students without notifying parents or guardians; effective date; emergency.” Specifically, the bill states: No counselor, therapist, social worker, administrator, teacher or other […]

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TLC’s ‘My Husband’s Not Gay’ May Be Promoting ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy

By Tim Peacock When TLC’s new special ‘My Husband’s Not Gay’ began advertising, members of the LGBT community became understandably concerned – particularly after the network’s debacle in continuing to support the virulently anti-gay Duggar family. Many within the activism community didn’t see a huge issue with the show on the surface though pointing to the fact that if people want […]

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Another Former “Ex-Gay” Comes Out Against Harmful Reparative Therapy

“I won’t be a weapon anymore.” With those words Christian Schizzel, out gay man and former “ex-gay” superstar, began his fight to end reparative therapy and those who practice the dangerous pseudo-science. In an interview with Religion News Service Schizzel explained how he spent years in a movement denying who he really was. Christian Schizzel spent 7 years being trotted around the […]

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Former “Ex-Gay” Leader Marries Same Sex Partner in Oklahoma

By Tim Peacock A few years ago John Smid served as board member on two different reparative therapy “ex-gay” organizations and proselytized the Christian gospel about how sexual orientation is changeable. That same man just married his same sex partner – in Oklahoma no less.   Smid – who served on the board of Exodus International for several years as well […]

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Marcus Bachmann Defends His Clinic’s Ex-Gay Therapy Practices

By Tim Peacock In an interview with Jan Markell and Jill Martin Rische on Understanding the Times over the weekend, Marcus Bachmann – husband of outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) – defended his clinic’s practice of engaging in reparative/ex-gay conversion therapy. Bachmann claims people at his clinic (now called Counseling Care – previously known as Bachmann & Associates) are not harassed, proselytized to […]

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Southern Baptist Leader Comes Out Against Ex-Gay Reparative Therapy

By Tim Peacock Photo: Religious News Service In one of the more interesting developments at this year’s ERLC (Ethics & Religious Commission) Summit, Southern Baptist leader and  ERLC president Russell Moore let the proverbial cat out of the bad admitting what LGBT advocates and medical/psychological professionals have been saying all along: reparative therapy does not work.   Sarah Pulliam Bailey at Religious […]

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Former Ex-Gay Activist: ‘Ex-Gay Movement Will Be Dead Within The Next 10 Years’

By Tim Peacock Yvette Schnieder Photo: GLAAD Earlier this year we reported on an interview series conducted with Yvette Schneider, former ex-gay activist (and former Family Research Council activist). At that point she declared reparative therapy to be the sham junk science it really is. In a new interview with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) just released late last week, Schneider expands […]

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