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  • Why don't ex-gays' stories count?

    07/30/2020 11:01:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/30/2020 | Michael Brown
    What is it that makes the very existence of ex-gays so dangerous? And why is there a concerted, worldwide effort to block professional counseling for those with unwanted same-sex attractions?Before you think I’m exaggerating, consider the following examples. In England, Barclays Bank announced it was closing the account of a Christian charity after protest from LGBTQ activists. The charity, Core Issues Trust (CIT), was accused of practicing “conversion therapy.” CIT said that “Barclays informed them that their bank account will be terminated by September. CIT claimed that the move came after pressure from an LGBT social media campaign that targetted...
  • Utah banning ‘conversion therapy’ with Mormon church backing

    11/30/2019 3:18:40 PM PST · by aimhigh · 115 replies
    Idaho State Journal ^ | 11/30/2019 | IdahoStateJournal
    Utah is on its way to becoming the 19th state to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy in January after state officials formed a proposal that has the support of the influential Church of a Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert announced Tuesday night that church leaders back a regulatory rule his office helped craft after legislative efforts for a ban on the therapy failed earlier this year. The faith known widely as the Mormon church opposed a previous version of the rule because it wanted assurances that church leaders and members who are therapists would...
  • Why These Women Walked Away From the LGBT Lifestyle

    11/04/2019 8:42:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 4, 2019 | Virginia Allen
    Those struggling with same-sex attraction or hoping to walk away from a homosexual lifestyle may find some encouragement from Liz Flaherty and Elizabeth Woning, who both once lived a lesbian lifestyle. While leading their own organizations to help individuals transition out of homosexuality, Flaherty and Woning are also a part of a growing movement called Changed—a supportive and loving community of those who once identified as LGBTQ+. In today’s episode, we sit down with Flaherty and Woning to hear their stories and discuss some of the current legislation being advocated that could have detrimental effects on organizations that offer counseling...
  • Former LGBT-identified men, women and Pulse survivors share stories of transformation at US capitol

    11/02/2019 6:33:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/02/2019 | Brandon Showalter
    WASHINGTON — Men and women who once identified as LGBT shared their personal stories of transformation with lawmakers Wednesday after the House passed a bill earlier this year that would bar citizens from accessing counseling and therapies for unwanted same-sex attraction. Dressed in black T-shirts emblazoned with the word "CHANGED," 16 formerly LGBT-identified persons from Church United and the CHANGED movement spoke at a joint news conference outside the U.S. capitol where they shared their stories with members of Congress and their staff, and urged senators not to support the so-called Equality Act if it's ever brought to the floor...
  • Tampa ban on counseling for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction, gender confusion struck down

    10/08/2019 7:53:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/07/2019 | Brandon Showalter
    A Tampa city ordinance banning counseling for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusion has been overturned in federal court. In a Friday ruling from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Judge William F. Jung issued an order granting summary judgment to Christian legal group Liberty Counsel in its lawsuit to invalidate an ordinance in the city of Tampa that prohibited voluntary talk therapy for minors experiencing unwanted sexual feelings and attractions and gender identity confusion. The group represented Robert Vazzo, a marriage and family therapist, and New Hearts Outreach Tampa Bay, a Christian...
  • ...Tampa's Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy Ruled Unconstitutional...

    A federal judge has ruled one Florida city cannot ban therapists from practicing a controversial “gay conversion” therapy in their jurisdiction. NBC affiliate WFLA-TV reports the judge struck down a 2017 ban imposed by the city of Tampa, ruling that the city has no authority to regulate health professionals and only the state government can do that – a victory for some religious based groups....
  • Former LGBT marchers shows need for religious freedom in counseling

    09/14/2019 6:18:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/14/2019 | By Matt Carpenter and David Closson
    Today, former homosexuals and transgender individuals will gather for a Freedom March in Orlando, Florida to tell their stories of finding freedom in Christ. To a nation engulfed in the sexual revolution, their stories are both inspirational and counter-cultural. Last year, they marched in California to counter AB 2943 - a bill that would have made it illegal to sell counseling services, conferences, and potentially even books that help people voluntarily overcome unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria. Tens of thousands of Californians called, emailed, and lobbied their state legislators to stop AB 2943 from becoming law. At the eleventh...
  • Founder of conversion therapy ministry comes out as gay

    09/03/2019 9:10:28 PM PDT · by FormerFRLurker · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 3, 2019 | Dailymail.com Reporter
    A married father-of-two from South Carolina who founded one of the nation's largest conversion therapy programs has come out as gay and strongly denounced the widely discredited practice. McKrae Game, 51, the former leader of Hope for Wholeness, came out of the closet in June, nearly two years after he was fired from the faith-based conversion therapy ministry. He is now trying to come to terms with the harm he inflicted on LGBTQ people when he was advocating for religious efforts to change a person's sexuality.
  • Amazon Books: A New Chapter in Censorship?

    07/09/2019 8:42:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    Family Research Council ^ | July 9, 2019 | Tony Perkins and FRC senior writers
    If Amazon wants to sell books, maybe it ought to stop banning them! The company, which doesn't mind profiting from pornography, apparently does mind offering help for sexual confusion. After pressure from a single LGBT activist, the mega-retailer has decided to pull a series of titles from authors who once identified as gay. Now, a growing chorus of Americans is pressuring Amazon to stop the censorship. "These books have been life-saving instruments to some who have been struggling to find hope," Ethan Martin, who used to live as a gay man, told LifeSiteNews. "In taking these resources away, Amazon has...
  • Amazon stops selling books by Catholic psychologist amid LGBT activist pressure

    07/05/2019 7:39:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/05/2019 | Brandon Showalter
    Amazon has permanently removed from its website books by Joseph Nicolosi, who was often referred to as the "father of conversion therapy," in a move some say portends censorship of anything Christian regarding sexuality. For months the global online retail giant has been petitioned by LGBT activists who have urged the company to discontinue selling the works of Nicolosi, a clinical psychologist and Catholic author who died in 2017, NBC reported this week. Nicolosi wrote several works about homosexuality in men and therapeutic approaches for persons with same-sex attraction. A Change.org petition that was launched five months ago and has...
  • The Pulse Nightclub Survivors You Need to Know About

    06/14/2019 8:10:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Activist Mommy ^ | June 12, 2019 | The Activist Mommy
    Three years ago today, 49 men headed to a thriving gay nightclub in Orlando, unaware it was the last thing they would ever do. The next morning, our nation would be united in grief and horror at the 49 lives that would be taken that night in a carefully calculated plot by a follower of a demonic religion. That shooter, who carried out what at the time was the worst shooting in US history, thought that the death and carnage he created would bring glory to his false god. What he never counted on was the way God would work...
  • Ex-LGBT men, women to share stories of transformation at 2nd Freedom March in Washington, DC

    05/22/2019 8:27:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/22/2019 | Brandon Showalter
    Men and women who once lived and identified as LGBT are set to proclaim how encountering Jesus transformed their lives for the second time in the nation's capital this weekend. The Freedom March, founded by Jeffrey McCall, is diverse group of Christians who have left the active practice of homosexuality and transgenderism behind and are testifying to the power of the Holy Spirit who set them free from sexual sin and wounds of all kinds. “I was transformed through the grace of Jesus and found that others have been as well. These marches are a way to ensure that others...
  • Ex-Gay 'X-Factor' Contestant Faces Backlash for Saying He Found Christ, Left LGBT Lifestyle

    11/02/2018 9:09:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/02/2018 | Samuel Smith
    An ex-gay contestant on the Maltese version of the musical reality series "X Factor" has drawn backlash after he declared on the show that homosexual "love" is "sin" and that he left the lifestyle after he found Christ. Matthew Grech, a singer and vocal coach, appeared on "X Factor Malta" Sunday night. In a video interview segment that played before his performance, Grech declared: "I used to lead a homosexual lifestyle, and then I found God. For a long time, I stopped following my passions to follow Jesus. There can be love between two men and two women, yes —...
  • Ex-gays and ex-trans rally against California’s LGBT therapy ban

    06/15/2018 10:16:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 06/15/2018 | Doug Mainwaring
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In an amazing show of force, 30 former gay and transgendered people took to a podium outside the California statehouse to oppose a proposed law banning therapy and printed resources helping those who seek freedom from LGBTQ+ identities and lifestyles. Known as AB2943, the California Assembly Bill would essentially criminalize most if not all faith-based efforts to counsel members of the LGBTQ community. “California legislators have publicly claimed that change is impossible and those people simply don’t exist,” said a press release in advance of the event. “While the state celebrates those who...
  • So. Baptist Resolution Calls on Convention to Reject Gay Therapy Bans, Belief God Makes People Gay

    06/10/2018 10:26:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/09/2018 | Michael Gryboski
    A resolution submitted to the Southern Baptist Convention for its annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, has called on the nation's largest Protestant denomination to reject "homosexual identity politics" and state bans on conversion therapy. Titled "On Ministry and Counseling to Lead People from Homosexuality to Heterosexuality," the resolution, among other things, asks the SBC to "offer loving assistance to people suffering from same-sex attraction, so that they may turn from homosexuality to heterosexuality" and to reject "as heresy any claims that God makes people homosexual." "... the movement against so-called 'conversion therapy' poses an immediate threat to Christian obedience to...
  • Former Gays, Lesbians Blast Calif. for Regarding Them as 'Frauds' With Pending Therapy Ban

    05/22/2018 8:04:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/22/2018 | Brandon Showalter
    Eight former gays and lesbians who are residents of California have released a video resisting pending state legislation banning therapy for individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction, arguing their state government considers them frauds.The video, which was published Saturday by Church United on the video sharing site Vimeo, features eight men and women who once lived and identified as gay or lesbian, some of whom are now in heterosexual marriages and have children."I'm a fraud," the participants say in the video at the beginning.That is how the state of California regards them with their proposed law, AB-2943, that would outlaw goods and...
  • California Wants to Ban Books Written by Ex-Gays

    04/27/2018 9:41:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04/27/2018 | Megan Fox
    The California Legislature has proposed banning the sale of books written by ex-gay people and Christians who seek to help others who want to restrain or control their sexuality. Bill AB 2943 would ban the sale of goods and services that encourage one to change his or her sexual orientation or gender expression. That's right, the left is banning books! (Don't hold your breath waiting for the American Library Association to kick up a fuss, though.) National Review reported the details: First,  the bill by its own terms applies to very broad categories of services  and goods. Here’s the key enabling...
  • California Legislators’ Shocking ‘You Must Stay Gay’ Bill

    04/05/2018 7:47:55 AM PDT · by fwdude · 44 replies
    Barbwire ^ | 5 April 2018 | Michael Brown
    In a brazen assault on our most fundamental freedoms, California legislators are considering a bill (AB-2943) that would make it illegal for anyone to receive professional help to resolve unwanted same-sex attractions or gender confusion. This would apply to people of all ages. People of all religious and moral convictions. It is an absolute outrage, and it must be opposed vigorously. For the last few years, a growing number of states and cities have embraced legislation making it illegal for minors struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions or gender confusion to receive professional help, even with the full support of their...
  • 15 Ex-Gays, Lesbians 'Come Out of Homosexuality' in Documentary Film by Christian Ministry

    02/07/2018 9:32:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/07/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Fifteen men and women from around the world who say they are coming out of "homosexual practices" are featured in a documentary film set to be released Thursday by a U.K.-based Christian ministry.Christian Concern said in a statement on Tuesday that "Voices of the Silenced: Experts, Evidences and Ideologies," will be screened in London and features interviews with international experts who support the ex-gay group."'Voices of the Silenced' challenges the closedown on debate about the value of therapeutic support undertaken in ways that are respectful of client goals and individual rights to change," the group said."Exposing the largely unexamined role...
  • I Was Tortured in Gay Conversion Therapy. And It’s Still Legal in 41 States. (NYT alert)

    01/24/2018 10:24:40 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 74 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 24, 2018 | SAM BRINTON
    In the early 2000s, when I was a middle schooler in Florida, I was subjected to a trauma that was meant to erase my existence as a newly out bisexual. My parents were Southern Baptist missionaries who believed the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy could “cure” my sexuality. I sat on a couch over two years and endured emotionally painful sessions with a counselor. I was told that my faith community rejected my sexuality; that I was the abomination we had heard about in Sunday school; that I was the only gay person in the world; that it...