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Gov. Andy Beshear is in favor of making Kentucky the 21st state to ban conversion therapy. AP Photo/Bryan Woolston

Conversion therapy is discredited and increases risk of suicide – yet fewer than half of US states have bans in place

Kentucky lawmakers are trying to make the state the 21st to enact a ban on conversion therapy. In states that are ‘silent’ on the issue, nonprofessionals are allowed to continue the harmful practice.
The social pressures to be ‘straight’ and ‘cis’ can be overwhelming for LGBTQ+ people, especially youth. Adding conversion therapy to the criminal code of Canada is a good first step to supporting them. (Jeremy Mcknight/Unsplash)

How I ended up in conversion therapy and why Canada’s proposed ban is only a first step for LGBTQ+ youth

The Trudeau government took the first step to federally ban conversion therapy — a practice intended to change sexual orientation.
Same sex sexual behavior is common to many species and evolved millions of years ago. oneinchpunch/Shutterstock.com

An origin story for the queer community

Conversion therapy has been pushed on some in the LGBQ community by those who think same-sex sexual behavior is ‘unnatural.’ But such behavior seems to have evolved millions of years before humans.
President-elect Donald Trump during a rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Dec. 15, 2016. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Sexuality in the time of Trump

President-elect Trump has said the issue of gay marriage is settled, yet he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, which upheld a woman’s right to abortion. What will he do once he becomes president?
Ex-gay therapies utilise spiritual methods such as prayer, and a personal relationship with God. Leland Francisco

California’s gay ‘conversion therapy’ ban challenged

A law banning therapists in California from attempting to change the sexual orientation of same-sex attracted youths was tested in the courts this week. At issue were the rights to professional free speech…
A protest outside Exodus International’s 2009 anual conference. Kevin Zolkiewicz

Gay ‘cure’ renounced by world’s largest ‘ex-gay’ group

Alan Chambers, president of the world’s largest “ex-gay” organisation, Exodus International, recently renounced the group’s long-held position that homosexuality can be “cured” – that gay people can become…

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