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Senator Janet Rice highlights gay conversion therapy in Australia

Senator Janet Rice highlights gay conversion therapy in Australia

Senator Janet Rice says it’s devastating that young Australians are trying to “pray the gay away” and called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull show leadership and ensure that the harmful practices of gay conversion therapy are stamped out. The Greens senator shared the story of Chris – a man who had been through a gay […]

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Tasmanian Labor voice support for gay conversion therapy ban

Tasmanian Labor voice support for gay conversion therapy ban

Tasmania’s Shadow Health Minister has voiced her support for banning gay conversion therapy practices. Sarah Lovell MLC added her name to a petition calling for the practice to be banned, and called on Tasmania’s Liberal government lead by Will Hodgman to show it’s support too. “In a supposedly enlightened and tolerant Australia, it’s difficult to […]

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Victoria launches investigation into ‘gay conversion’ therapies

Victoria launches investigation into ‘gay conversion’ therapies

The Victorian government has announced it will launch an investigation into gay conversion practices with the state’s health watchdog being given new powers to crackdown on the practice. Earlier this year the Victorian government passed new laws making it illegal to offer therapies or counselling that claim to be able to change a person’s sexuality. […]

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Conversion Therapy: It’s all about politics, not science

Conversion Therapy: It’s all about politics, not science

Like a noxious weed, from time to time so-called “Reparative” or “Conversion” Therapy sometimes known as “Pray away the Gay” and run by “ex-Gay” groups, rears its ugly head. Seeing the recent OUTinPerth articles about a report of a Victorian Liberal Party branch push to make so called “Reparative Therapy” available got me thinking; ·     Is this […]

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McCormack says he knows nothing about gay conversion therapy

McCormack says he knows nothing about gay conversion therapy

Michael McCormack stepped into the role of Acting Prime Minister for the first time this week, and gave his first major speech since he took over as the leader of The Nationals. Appearing at the National Press Club on Tuesday, McCormack spoke about the importance of regional communities and investment in infrastructure before taking questions […]

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Trent Zimmerman says Victorian Liberal proposals are from the 19th century

Trent Zimmerman says Victorian Liberal proposals are from the 19th century

Federal Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman says proposals put forward within the Victorian branch of the Liberal party, that call for medical practitioners to promote counselling that encourages people to resist being gay or gender transitioning, are out of touch with the modern world. “These are the types of policies you would expect to find in […]

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Push to reintroduce conversion therapy for youth in Victoria

Push to reintroduce conversion therapy for youth in Victoria

Victorian Liberal leader Matthew Guy is reportedly under pressure to endorse a push to reintroduce gay conversion therapy for youth in Victoria. The Andrews Labor government made history when it became the first jurisdiction in Australia to outlaw therapies the aim to make gay youth heterosexual, but Liberal leader Matthew Guy is being asked to […]

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Lyle Shelton: Parents should be able to send kids to gay conversion therapy

Lyle Shelton: Parents should be able to send kids to gay conversion therapy

Lyle Shelton from the Coalition for Marriage and the Australian Christian Lobby has spoken about his belief that parents should have the right to send their children to conversion therapy programs if the they are worried that their child might be gay. Speaking to Buzzfeed‘s Lane Sainty on the podcast Is It On? Shelton said that people […]

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Church of England leaders move to welcome transgender members

Church of England leaders move to welcome transgender members

The Church of England’s ruling body has voted to ‘welcome and affirm’ transgender parishioners at a meeting in York last weekend. The General Synod, the Anglican faith’s governing body, overwhelmingly passed the motion, with 284 votes for and 78 against. The motion outlined that trans people should be made to feel welcome in their local […]

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US Government Responds to Plea to Ban Conversion Therapy

US Government Responds to Plea to Ban Conversion Therapy

After public outcry calling for the banning of ‘conversion therapy’ (procedures aiming to chance a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity) following the suicide of transgender teenager Leelah Alcorn, the Obama Administration has released an official response coming out in support of a potential ban. Transgender teenager Leelah Alcorn committed suicide in December last year, […]

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