LGBT lobby rebutted by pro-family medical experts & ex-gays

Aug 29, 2015 by

From MassResistance: The homosexual movement’s state-by-state crusade to pass laws banning youth with sexual orientation problems from seeking help by therapists, came to a head in the Massachusetts State House at a public hearing on Tuesday, July 28. The well-oiled LGBT lobbying machine was rebutted by pro-family counselors and experts, many of whom who came to Boston from across America, as well as MassResistance activists. At issue is Bill H97, which is a major goal of the LGBT lobby this year. It would make it illegal for licensed therapists to help children deal with traumatic sexual orientation problems, often the result of childhood sexual molestation, rape, or abuse. Instead, the bill would only allow therapy that encourages homosexual behavior. Read here...

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Illinois Bans Gay Conversion Therapy For LGBT Youths

Aug 21, 2015 by

By Kim Bellware, Huffington Post: Illinois’ Republican governor on Thursday signed a law banning mental health therapists from trying to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The measure signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner outlaws the controversial practice of “gay conversion therapy,” sometimes called “reparative therapy,” on people younger than 18. Once the law takes effect on Jan. 1, violators will face discipline from their state licensing board, according to the text of the measure.  The law makes Illinois the fourth state to ban gay conversion therapy for minors. California,New Jersey, and Oregon — as well as the District of Columbia — also have outlawed the practice. But the Illinois measure is the first to include language linking conversion therapy to consumer fraud, according to its sponsor, state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Chicago Democrat who is an openly gay member of the State House. Read...

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Public hearing on bill to ban needed counseling for youth on “sexual orientation” issues.

Jul 24, 2015 by

From MassResistance: Rejected by 20 state legislatures, the big target is now Massachusetts. The fight to protect children from radical activists continues in Massachusetts. For the second time, the well-funded national LGBT movement is attempting to pass a bill that would ban professional counseling that would help youth deal with sexual-orientation or sexual identity problems. (And it’s being in states pushed across the US.) On Tuesday, July 28, there will be a public hearing at the Massachusetts State House for Bill H97, deceptively titled, “An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors.” Last session a nearly identical bill was filed and easily passed through two committees, but was finally derailed by strong last-minute lobbying by MassResistance activists. This year, the LGBT lobby is back with a vengeance. Putting vulnerable kids in danger to support an ideology Homosexuality is very often a result of early sexual trauma (such as sexual molestation, exposure to pornography, abuse, etc.) or serious issues with one or both parents. Young people who have emotional problems can be drawn into homosexuality by others. Skilled mental health professionals can often successfully help them work out the resulting same-sex attraction or gender-identity issues and heal their often severe emotional wounds. If youth can be helped when they are starting down the road to same-sex behavior or gender identity confusion, it can save them years of pain, depression, disease, and even suicide. We’ve personally seen situations where such help has had incredible positive effects on teenagers and changed their lives wonderfully. But the homosexual movement wants to make it illegal to help children. They are obsessed forcing all people to believe the false concept that they are “born that way.” Passing this cruel bill in order to perpetuate and enforce that myth is a top priority for the Massachusetts homosexual lobby. Read here...

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Free speech: what banning ‘gay conversion therapy’ will really stop

Jul 15, 2015 by

Christopher Rosik, MercatorNet: Not every man or woman who finds himself or herself sexually attracted to someone of the same sex is happy with that attraction. Parents of adolescents who show such tendencies may consider it best for the happiness of their child to seek counseling or other professional help for them. And such help is available. However, the assumption that homosexual attraction, and, in some cases at least, more established orientation, can change, runs into a wall of opposition from gay rights campaigners and professional bodies. These assert that it is harmful to try and change something they believe is not even a problem, but a naturally occurring phenomenon. In April this year the White House threw its weight behind this anti-therapy campaign, which had already seen three US states ban sexual orientation change therapy for minors (New Jersey, California and Washington, D.C.). In May the openly lesbian Governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, signed another such law. At the same time Representative Ted W. Lieu introduced a bill into the US Congress that would ban so-called “conversion therapy” throughout the United States. MercatorNet believes this is a very one-sided culture war. Where is there space given to professional therapists who work in this area to explain what they do and to defend it? Well, right here. We emailed some questions to Dr Christopher Rosik, a practising psychologist and director of research at Link Care Center in Fresno, California, as well as a clinical faculty member of Fresno Pacific University. Here, in the first of three articles, we begin his responses. Read here...

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Gay Whale Swallows JONAH

Jul 6, 2015 by

By Janet Tassel, The American Thinker: This year, June, not April, was the cruelest month.  Traditionalists and right-thinkers were overwhelmed by the unfathomable Supreme Court rulings, the vulgar rainbow-hued White House, and the culture — or what remains of it. A lesser-known casualty of the June wars was a tiny New Jersey non-profit called JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing), dedicated to educating the Jewish community and beyond about the social, cultural, and emotional factors that lead to same-sex attraction. JONAH unfortunately found itself in the giant maw of the radical leftist Southern Poverty Law Center, which made a meal of it. According to their mission statement, “JONAH works with those struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions (SSA) and with families whose loved ones are involved in homosexuality.” The italics are mine: JONAH doesn’t target happy gays; it is there for gay people suffering from feelings they profoundly do not want. Again, from their mission statement: “Through psychological and spiritual counseling, peer support, and self-empowerment, JONAH seeks to reunify families, to heal the wounds surrounding homosexuality, and to provide hope.” Arthur Goldberg, co-director of JONAH, is the author of a voluminous book, Light in the Closet, in which he reminds us that Judaism’s prohibition against homosexuality is based on Leviticus 18:22: “You shall not lie with mankind as with womankind. It is an abomination.” However, he states, “abomination…has a deeper connotation of ‘going or being led astray,’ which is untranslatable in any other language; and straying implies the possibility — indeed the necessity — of teshuvah, of returning to the path of Torah and the Commandments…through a guided process involving counseling, self-discovery and a combination of gradual spiritual and behavioral self-adjustments characteristic of teshuvah.'” This type of reparative therapy, as it is known, can work successfully — “and has been accomplished…with a rate of success that is much too high to ignore,” states Goldberg.  It is described, with many testimonials, in his book. Several websites, in addition to JONAH’s, offer similar testimonials. See, for example, www.narth.org, www.pfox.org, and www.peoplecanchange.com. Read here...

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SPLC Has Won the Battle But Not the War with Guilty Verdict in JONAH Trial

Jun 30, 2015 by

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Jurors for the David vs. Goliath trial between Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) and the Southern Poverty Law Center deliberated for three hours today and found JONAH and its leaders guilty on several counts of consumer fraud for therapy efforts to help those with unwanted same-sex attractions. Licensed professional counselor Christopher Doyle, a leader in the #TherapyEquality movement of Equality And Justice For All (www.equalityandjusticeforall.org) and a former homosexual who offers sexual identity affirming therapy, says the verdict is a major blow, but is optimistic that an appeal will vindicate JONAH, provided the organization is allowed to defend itself in a fair and impartial trial. “Today’s guilty verdict for JONAH is the consequence of liberal judicial bias,” said Doyle, who is also the director of the International Healing Foundation (www.comingoutloved.com). “Before and during the trial, Judge Peter Bariso stripped JONAH of so many opportunities to really defend themselves, disqualifying five of the six expert witnesses for the defendants because their opinions contradicted the so-called mainstream view that same-sex attractions are not at all disordered, even if a client is distressed by these unwanted sexual feelings because of their sincerely held religious and spiritual beliefs. The judge’s bias against religious freedom was so ruthless that he even refused to allow JONAH’s chief attorney to mention the First Amendment freedom of religion in his closing argument. This verdict sends a chilling message to anyone of faith who either offers counseling or wants to receive counseling to overcome unwanted same-sex attractions.” According to NJ.com, which covered the trial, “In the first case in the nation to put the controversial practice on trial, the jury concluded that Arthur Goldberg and Elaine Berk, the founders of Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing in Jersey City and life coach Alan Downing to whom JONAH referred patients, ‘engaged in unconscionable commercial practices’ and misrepresented their services.” Yet, Doyle added, multiple times during the trial it was revealed that the plaintiffs understood that JONAH’s services were not guaranteed, and even expert witnesses for the plaintiffs acknowledged that sexual orientation is fluid and can change. “While the jury heard many success stories from witnesses who resolved their unwanted same-sex attractions, it apparently was not enough to override the SPLC’s constant misrepresentations of JONAH’s work,” commented Doyle. “The SPLC was not successful at proving JONAH committed consumer fraud, taking advantage of a liberal judge who hamstringed the defendants while feeding the jury a steady diet of mischaracterizations on the work of JONAH. One of SPLC’s expert witnesses even described the small Jewish non-profit as a ‘cult.’ It’s hard to imagine why the plaintiffs were allowed to throw the kitchen sink at JONAH while the judge tied the small non-profit’s hands behind their back, unable to defend themselves. It’s simply unconscionable.” Over the past month, the right to therapy has been under increasing assault. U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) introduced a federal ban on talk therapy for unwanted same-sex attraction and sexual identity confusion. President Barack Obama has expressed his support...

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