Tag Archive | gay conversion therapy

US: End of a ‘cure’? Ban on gay conversion therapy gains ground

US: End of a ‘cure’? Ban on gay conversion therapy gains ground

Growing up in a conservative, Christian cult in Missouri, Brad Reubendale says being gay was not an option. “I couldn’t wear shorts and short sleeves or go to amusement parks or watch TV, much less say ‘I’m gay’”, Reubendale told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from his Denver home.

Google barred from LGBT+ equality index over ‘life-threatening’ app

Google barred from LGBT+ equality index over ‘life-threatening’ app

One of the United States’ top LGBT+ charities ejected Google from a gay and transgender rights ranking on Thursday for hosting an app that advises people on how to “recover” from same-sex attraction. Human Rights Campaign (HRC) suspended the tech company from its Corporate Equality Index, which ranks US companies on the benefits they offer […]

Anti-LGBT+ abuse stokes mental health struggles in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Anti-LGBT+ abuse stokes mental health struggles in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Growing up in an evangelical Christian family in Brazil, life was pretty tough for Ariel Nobre. Designated female at birth, the 31-year-old transgender man was sent to a gay conversion therapy centre when he was just 18. “They wanted to cure me”, Nobre told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “I stayed there six months. After I […]

Israel:  Doctors ban gay conversion therapy as risks ‘mental damage’

Israel: Doctors ban gay conversion therapy as risks ‘mental damage’

A ban on conversion therapy by Israeli doctors will help protect gay people from treatments that claim to make them straight, but more work needs to be done with religious groups that support controversial ‘cures’, activists said on Wednesday. Members who perform conversion therapy could now be expelled from the Israel Medical Association (IMA), which […]

Mexico: LGBT+ rights take centre stage in new Congress

Mexico: LGBT+ rights take centre stage in new Congress

A bill passed this week in Mexico’s Senate, granting same-sex couples equal social security benefits as heterosexuals, now moves to the Chamber of Deputies, where advocates expect it will be voted into law. The vote in the country’s recently sworn-in upper house was unanimous. The amendment also included motions granting gay and lesbian couples the […]

Gay Lebanese speak out against conversion therapy

Gay Lebanese speak out against conversion therapy

Doctors in Lebanon warned about the dangers of gay conversion therapy on Thursday, saying homosexuality is not a disease – a common misconception in the Arab country. The Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health (LebMASH) hosted a conference in Beirut, where leading doctors said that the controversial treatment, which claims to help gay people become […]

UN envoy wants global ban on ‘barbaric’ conversion therapies

UN envoy wants global ban on ‘barbaric’ conversion therapies

Banning the “barbaric” practice of giving people electric shocks and injections to “cure” them of homosexuality is a key priority, the UN envoy on LGBT rights has said. Despite global gains in LGBT rights, many gay people are still forced to undergo invasive therapy based on the idea that homosexuality is a mental disorder or […]