Posts Tagged ‘homophobia’

Big Win for LGBT Youth; Big Loss for Abusive So-Called “Therapists”

August 29, 2013 By Josh Steichmann
Orientation and gender identity aren't a switch to turn on and off

Orientation and gender identity aren’t a switch to turn on and off

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled today that SB 1172, a law that prohibits the discredited and dangerous use of psychological abuse to change sexual orientation in minors by licensed therapists, is constitutional, removing an injunction against the enforcement of the law and remanding the case back to the district court level.

Writing for the court, Circuit Judge Susan Graber ruled that the California law is a “regulation of professional conduct” and therefore “does not violate the free speech rights of [mental health] practitioners or minor patients, is neither vague nor overbroad, and does not violate parents’ fundamental rights.”

SB 1172, authored by Sen. Ted Lieu, takes aim at the debunked practice of subjecting minors to psychological abuse in order to change their sexual orientation, which has been disavowed by every major medical and psychological association.  Read the rest of this entry »

Exodus International exits ex-gay movement

June 20, 2013 By Josh Steichmann

Exodus International shuts down and apologizes

Exodos International, a ministry group centered on the premise that sexual orientation can be changed, has announced it is shuttering its ministry. Their president, Alan Chambers, apologized for the harm they caused lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. “For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a worldview that’s neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical,” Chambers said.

EQCA Executive Director John O’Connor made this statement: “Elimination of any ex-gay or reparative therapy practices should be celebrated. Today’s news is a huge victory for anyone who cares about the wellbeing of our youth. There is room for forgiveness in our movement and I applaud Alan Chambers for displaying incredible courage in his statement announcing the closure of the organization.”

Truth Wins Out, an organization dedicated to dispelling the ex-gay myth, also praised Chambers.

“We applaud and congratulate Alan Chambers for his willingness to approach this decision with honesty, integrity and authenticity,” said Truth Wins Out’s Associate Director Evan Hurst. “It takes a real man to publicly confront the people whose lives were destroyed by his organization’s work, and to take real, concrete action to begin to repair that damage, and to work to ensure that no more lives are destroyed by harmful, discredited ‘ex-gay’ therapy. We look forward to a day when we can truly consider Alan to be an ally.”

Love is All You Need?

May 3, 2013 By Josh Steichmann

A short film reversing straight and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender social status. Warning: Some slurs used.

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Protesting too much? The problem of self-homophobia

May 2, 2012 By Josh Steichmann

self-homophobiaPolitical opponents to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality who end up outed is so popular a trope that many of us can recite the names from memory. Roy Cohn. Ted Haggard. Larry Craig. George Rekers. Sometimes it seems like the more homophobic you are, the more likely it is you’re closeted.

And a new study seems to confirm a lot of that narrative: Researchers at the University of Rochester, University of Essex, and University of California at Santa Barbara published a paper that ties anti-LGBT attitudes toward a disjunction in what they call implicit and explicit sexual orientation, and grounds that in a theory of parental autonomy. Briefly, the more likely parents are controlling and homophobic, the more likely their gay children will repress their LGBT identity and respond negatively toward other LGBT folks. It’s all very Freudian.

There are some big caveats though — “Implicit sexual orientation” is a fuzzy thing to judge, especially in folks who identify as straight, and the Implicit Association Test that the researchers used is noisy and has severe replicability problems. But the numbers they generated lined up with an earlier study, one that found that homophobic men tend to be more aroused by gay pornographyRead the rest of this entry »

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