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GOOGLE Finally Pulls “Ex-Gay Therapy” App After Immense Pressure

Tech giant Google has finally pulled a controversial app from its store that championed the widely-condemned practice of “ex-gay therapy.”

Via Press Release from Change.org.


The move comes after 140,000 people signed a Change.org petition pressuring Google to pull the app, as well as a move by HRC (Human Rights Campaign) to suspend Google from its Corporate Equality Index over the app. The app was created by Living Hope Ministries and touted the practice of “ex-gay therapy” to “cure” LGBTQ people, telling users that it could “help homosexuals leave their destructive lifestyle” and suggested that homosexuality was a “stomach-ulcer-of-a-life.”


“This is what people power looks like, when 140,000 people can convince one of the largest companies in the world to take a bold stand against the dangers of ex-gay therapy,” said Michael Jones, Managing Director of Campaigns at Change.org. “This was the perfect storm of online pressure and institutional activism from the LGBTQ movement, and tonight supporters can claim a big win in convincing tech companies to stand up for equality.”


Amazon, Microsoft and Apple had all previously removed the Living Hope Ministries app from their platform

In a statement from Google read: “After consulting with outside advocacy groups, reviewing our policies, and making sure we had a thorough understanding of the app and its relation to conversion therapy, we’ve decided to remove it from the Play Store, consistent with other app stores.”

While this is a victory for the LGBT community, just a few days ago Back2Stonewall exposed that Google had appointed Kay Cole James, the president of the anti-LGBT, anti-immigration extremist right-wing group The Heritage Foundation to a position to its Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC).

Google did not respond to numerous attempts for a comment.

Notorious Ex-Gay Therapist Norman Goldwasser Outed As “Hotnhairy72” On Gay Hookup Apps

Former JONAH Ex-Gay Therapist Norman Goldwasser Outed As “Hotnhairy72” On Gay Hookup Apps

 Via Truth Wins Out:

Norman Goldwasser, by day, is an Orthodox Jewish therapist at Horizon Psychological Services who compares homosexuality to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and misleads clients by claiming that their sexual orientation can be changed with his special brand of quack therapy, which is rejected by every respected medical and mental health association.

By night, an undercover investigation by Truth Wins Out has found, he solicits sexual partners on Manhunt, a gay dating App, using the profile “Hotnhairy72.”

During our operation, Goldwasser, going by the pseudonym “Dave”, offered to meet for sex with our operative, “Brandon,” at a Fort Lauderdale motel room. Goldwasser also had a profile on Bear Nation by the same name.

This latest scandal comes as the new movie Boy Erased(Starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe) has brought a renewed spotlight to the issue of the harm caused by “ex-gay” programs.

Goldwasser is linked to JONAH, the ex-gay torture outfit in New Jersey that was sued  by the Southern Poverty Law Center only to close and then reopen under a different name.

Goldwasser has begged Wayne Besen the owner of Truth Wins Out who broke the story for mercy.

Besen responds:  I reminded Goldwasser that he was asking for sympathy he never afforded his victims, some teenagers, as he coldly collected their money and ruined their lives. I also told him that only caring about his own predicament without apologizing for the harm he caused other people was narcissistic — something he could, unlike homosexuality — fix by visiting a real therapist.

Breitbart.com Endorses Ex-Gay Torture Therapy During Pride Month

Breitbart.com Endorses Ex-Gay Torture Therapy During Pride Month

In a recent column on the GOP/Tea Party propaganda news site Brietbart.com  interviewed Joseph Nicolsi Jr., the son of NARTH (The National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality) founder Joseph Nicolosi in which he denounced California’s bill which would ban ex-gay torture for adults under fraud laws.

An excerpt:

Nicolosi is a licensed clinical psychologist who runs the largest reparative therapy clinic in the world. He told Breitbart News that his clinic uses evidence-based treatment interventions, the same interventions used by other clinics throughout the world, to treat trauma and sexual addictions.

Dr. Nicolosi said limiting people’s legitimate options for ideological reasons is a textbook case of political overreach. “Sacramento politicians want to deny the people of California the freedom to find joy in living consistently with their values, including as they relate to their sexuality,” he said.

In 1997, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) conducted a survey of 882 patients who underwent reparative therapy seeking to modify their sexual orientation. Nearly half of the patients (47 percent) experienced a significant change in their sexual attraction. Among patients who self-identified as “exclusively homosexual” before treatment, 18 percent self-identified as exclusively heterosexual following therapy, while 17 percent identified as almost entirely heterosexual and 12 percent as more heterosexual than homosexual.

The current power play is reminiscent of a similar political move in 1973 that eliminated homosexuality from official lists of psychological disorders not because of any scientific discovery that changed the opinion of the medical profession, but because of political pressure from gay-rights activists to reclassify homosexuality as “normal.”

In March 2016, the World Psychiatric Association (representing about 160 countries) wrote to the U.N and world leaders. In their declaration, they stated that homosexuality cannot be reversed. But I am sure Joseph Nicolsi Jr a licensed clinical physiologist from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a regular on the Kirk Cameron podcast knows more.

SUNDANCE – Gay Conversion Therapy Drama Wins Grand Jury Prize [VIDEO]

Via USA Today:

While many had predicted that racially charged dramas Blindspotting or Monster would take the coveted Grand Jury Prize, it was coming-of-age dramedy The Miseducation of Cameron Post that walked away with the festival’s top honor Saturday night.

Adapted from Emily M. Danforth’s 2012 novel and directed by Desiree Akhavan, Miseducation centers on a teenage girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) who is outed as a lesbian and sent to a gay conversion therapy center by her evangelical aunt. Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck and John Gallagher Jr. co-star in the film.”

The Miseducation of Cameron Post” takes place in the early 1990s and Cameron’s guardians send her to a Christian camp called God’s Promise, which specializes in gay conversion therapy. In much the way “Shock Corridor” examined mental institutions more than half a century ago, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” is really about the misunderstanding of Cameron Post as parents, doctors, and so on struggle to curb certain desires that ultimately don’t need to be “fixed.” Luckily, no one’s threatening a lobotomy or genital-shock therapy here, although the movie argues that Christian organizations that force nonconforming kids to deny their true nature are no dangerous and harmful.

 

Church Of England Declares Ex-Gay Torture Therapy “Has No Place In The Modern World”

 

The Church of England has called on the government to ban conversion therapy and has condemned the practice, which aims to change sexual orientation, as unethical and potentially harmful.

At the end of an emotional debate in which two members of the C of E synod described their experiences as spiritual abuse, the church’s governing body overwhelmingly backed a motion saying the practice had “no place in the modern world”.

Proposing the motion, Jayne Ozanne – who underwent conversion therapy resulting in two breakdowns and two spells in hospital – said conversion therapy was “abuse from which vulnerable adults need protecting”.

It was “discredited by the government, the NHS, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Royal College of General Practitioners and many other senior health care bodies,” she said. – The Guardian

Ohio Legislators Introduce Bills To Ban Harmful Gay Conversion Therapy In Ultra-Conservative State

Ex-Gay

 

Two bills, one introduced in the Ohio House and one in the Senate, would make it illegal for Ohio’s licensed medical professionals to practice what’s most often referred to as reparative, conversion or sexual-reorientation therapy on a minor.

Sen. Charleta B. Tavares, D-Columbus, reintroduced an Ohio Senate bill in February that would ban reparative or conversion therapy for minors after a similar measure failed in 2013. Last week, a companion House bill was introduced by Rep. Debbie Phillips, D-Albany, and Rep. Denise Driehaus, D-Cincinnati.

Tavares said conversion therapy “can damage (children) permanently. We’ve heard cases across the county where people have attempted and completed suicide.”

Last year Leeah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender girl from Cincinnati, walked in front of a truck after saying in a suicide note that her parents refused to accept her gender identity and sent her to conversion therapy. In April, President Barack Obama said he supports legislation popularly called “Leelah’s Law,” which would ban conversion therapy for minors nationwide.

In 2009 The American Psychological Association passed a resolution in 2009 condemning conversion therapy.

But despite this some  anti-gay “counselors” still don’t agree.

Christian counselor Elton Moose, director of New Pathways in Springfield, said Ohioans still need the ability to choose whether they want their child to be treated to address homosexuality.  Moose said he doesn’t consider what he does “conversion therapy” and that he simply “helps individuals to overcome the power of homosexuality,” often by “re-orienting” feelings toward the same sex and directing those he counsels on how to avoid acting on them.

While the Ohio bills have the best intentions. There is one major problem. 

Moose, who isn’t licensed with an Ohio board, and many like him would be able to continue his therapy if either bill becomes law

Today In Anti-LGBT Propaganda: FRC's Tony Perkins: Trump's Gay Ambassador Might Interfere With Countries That Put Gays To Death

FRC Hate Group President Tony Perkins: Bans On “Ex-Gay” Therapy Will Help Gays Recruit Children

Tony Perkins Nazi2

“In Washington, D.C., destructive behavior isn’t just encouraged — efforts to stop it are punished! If kids are looking for a way out of their same-sex attractions, they’ll have to start outside of the nation’s capital. Under a measure just passed by the D.C. Council, counselors can lose their license just for offering the kind of therapy these children seek. Like California and New Jersey, the District is radically opposed to helping young people shake the unwanted sexual feelings they have for members of the same sex.

“It’s all part of the new Conversion Therapy for Minors Prohibition Act, which makes it a crime for therapists and mental health practitioners to coach children out of the sexual confusion they’re experiencing. Council member and author Mary Cheh insists that the District’s move is “a crucial step in the long battle” against “the counterproductive anti-homosexual mindset.” The fact that children are seeking this help doesn’t seem to matter to D.C., which is intent on locking kids into a lifestyle with devastating health, emotional, and societal consequences. Instead, the District wants to make it an offense to help children come to grips with their natural biology — opening a frightening chapter in the liberal recruiting of LGBTs.

“In a twisted irony, the Council made it quite clear that counseling aimed at helping kids make the transition into another sex is perfectly acceptable. It’s a ludicrous double standard — one that should draw the ire of every parent who rightly believes they should be the final authority on the kind of treatment their child should receive.” – Tony Perkins channeling Anita Bryant on the FRC website

Someone bake this Nazi a poopie-pie!

 

UGH! – Family Research Council Uses Robin Williams’ Death to Support Ex-Gay Therapy Torture

Peter Sprigg sucks cock

 

Nationally recognized hate group the Family Research Council’s Senior Fellow Peter Sprigg did the unthinkable yesterday when he used beloved comedian Robin Williams’ attendance of substance-abuse-related rehab to defend, ex-gay therapy.

Sprigg’s hateful though process considers rehab and therapy options for individuals who suffer from alcoholism and other forms of dangerous addiction to“sexual reorientation therapy,” which everyone should support since individuals exist who are uncomfortable with their same-sex attraction and who might wish to “change” it.

Whatever the motivation, there are those who have simply made a choice to walk away from the homosexual lifestyle, without clinical help—much like how Robin Williams simply stopped using drugs and alcohol in the 1980’s. Drug addiction and substance abuse is becoming a big problem in the states, if you are addicted or know someone who needs help, please visit this article about http://firststepbh.com/blog/participate-addiction-group-therapy/. Others have sought professional help, perhaps at the urging of family members, in the form of “sexual reorientation therapy”—much like when Williams entered a formal alcohol rehab program in 2006.

Sprigg goes on to list the usual hate group propaganda reasons a person might want to “change” his/her sexual orientation;

Why would someone want to change their sexual orientation? Some such individuals are simply disillusioned by their experiences in homosexual relationships. Some have legitimate concern about the well-documented health problems associated with homosexual conduct (especially among men), such as high rates of sexually transmitted diseases, of whichHIV/AIDS is only one example. Others may seek help in conforming their behavior and lifestyle to the teaching of the religious faith to which they are committed. Some may aspire to a traditional family life, raising children in a home with both their mother and father present.

Whatever the motivation, there are those who have simply made a choice to walk away from the homosexual lifestyle, without clinical help — much like how Robin Williams simply stopped using drugs and alcohol in the 1980’s. Others have sought professional help, perhaps at the urging of family members, in the form of “sexual reorientation therapy” — much like when Williams entered a formal alcohol rehab program in 2006. Whether simply through personal development, religious counseling, or with the help of a licensed or unlicensed counselor, thousands (if not millions) of people have experienced significant changes in one or more of the elements of their sexual orientation (attractions, behavior, or self-identification).

Just like the Family Research Council to seize on any event, and use it for far fetched and loathsome talking point to capitalize on its hateful agenda, They are no better than the Westboro Baptist Church. Only not nearly as entertaining and much more dangerous.

Disgusting.

Oregon Bakery Which Refused To Bake Gay Wedding Cake Gleefully Bakes Cakes For Ex-Gay Torture Organization

Fuck You cake

Remember Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the “Christian”-owned bakery, that closed its doors earlier this year after its owners Aaron and Melissa Klein were found guilty of violating LGBT people’s rights by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries by refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2013.

Well the bakery, now called “Sweet Cakes,” continues to exist as an online business and is gleefully baking cakes now for “ex-gay” organizations!

The Advocate, reports that the “online bakery” recently posted a picture on its Facebook page of some goods that it recently made for the Restored Hope Network, an ex-gay organization, saying in the caption “Cakes for Restored Hope Network. What a wonderful ministry!”

The Restored Hope Network is run by a self-identified “ex-lesbian” Anne Paulk, whose ex-husband John Paulk founded the ex-gay ministry Exodus International and who earlier this year  admitted that he is still gay and that reparative ex-gay therapy doesn’t work in a  Newsweek magazine article.

Self loathing lesbian Anne continues to claim that gay people can be changed into straight people, and recently posted on the Restored Hope Network Facebook page which I hope that you all will visit and leave a message.

And in case you are wondering Sweet Cakes still doesn’t bake wedding cakes for same-sex wedding.  But they are willing to provide baked goods for celebrations of divorces, unmarried parents, stem-cell research, non-kosher barbecues and pagan solstice parties.

Ex-Gay Therapy Billboard In Louisville. KY Outrages Citizens

Abba's Delight

A strategically placed ex-gay therapy billboard in one of Louisville Kentucky’s most densely LGBT populated neighborhoods is creating a major controversy with many Kentuckians demanding its removal.

But the founder of the group that created the Billboard, Daniel Mingo, denies that the ad targets homosexuality.

“This specifically targets people who have same-sex attractions that are unwanted,” said Mingo. “Abba’s delight” is a ministry that helps people of faith who are uncomfortable with their same-sex attractions.”

Mingo claims he had to “walk away from homosexuality” because of his religious preferences and the beliefs therein.

“Who else to help someone walk out of something that they don’t want to be in than someone else who has already walked that path?” said Mingo.

Chris Hartman, the director of the Fairness Campaign, is outraged by the advertisement and believes that it targets the gay community with anti-gay propaganda.

“To suggest that this organization is going to help someone is an exact obfuscation of the truth, it’s the opposite; they’re going to harm 90 percent of the people that walk in and out of their door,” said Hartman. “An organization like this really needs to be shut down.”

Abba’s Delight was founded in April 2008 in Louisville, Kentucky by Mingo, the Ministry Director. It is a “Christian”, Biblically based ministry-and of course a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization.

In a recent 2013 interview Mingo revealed that his publicity push of his group was because of Exodus Internatinal’s demise and also revealed that Abba’s Delight has no licensed professional counselors on staff.

Great.  Another self loathing, charlatan homo making money and potentially harming LGBT people with a faux “Christian” group using the  gayest name ever.

Abba’s delight.  Please bitch.

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