Tag Archives: torture

Liberty Counsel Sues Over Tampa’s Ex-Gay Torture Ban

The Liberty Counsel has failed multiple times to overturn statewide ex-gay torture bans in California and New Jersey and were even smacked down TWICE by the US Supreme Court. But they’re trying yet again, this time in Tampa. Via press release: Liberty Counsel filed suit in federal court against the City of Tampa for its adoption of Ordinance 2017-47, which ...

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Human Rights Watch Report: Chinese Government Hospitals Are Using Electroshock Ex-Gay Torture

The Washington Post reports: Taiwan could soon become the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, while Hong Kong this month won its bid to host the Gay Games in 2022, another Asian first. But in mainland China, LGBT people are still being subjected to forced confinement, medication and even electric shock therapy to “convert” them into heterosexuals. The ...

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BRAZIL: Court Overturns Ex-Gay Torture Ban, Rules For Christian Activist Who Calls Homosexuality A “Disease”

The Guardian reports: A Brazilian judge has approved gay “conversion therapy” in a ruling which prompted widespread outrage and raised fears of a conservative backlash. Waldemar de Carvalho, a federal judge in the capital of Brasília, overruled a 1999 decision by the Federal Council of Psychology that forbade psychologists from offering widely discredited treatments which claims to “cure” gay people. ...

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AUSTRALIA: “Regular Moms” Of Anti-Gay Marriage Ad Exposed As Liars, Crackpots, Ex-Gay Torture Advocates

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: A Melbourne principal has disputed a mother’s claim – aired in an anti same-sex marriage TV ad – that her son was told he could wear a dress to school. Cella White, who has previously appeared in videos attacking the Safe Schools program and whose claims have been heavily promoted by the Australian Christian Lobby, ...

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PENNSYLVANIA: Allentown Bans Ex-Gay Torture

Lehigh Valley Live reports: With the mayor’s stroke of a pen, Allentown has officially banned conversion therapy for minors in the city. The law prohibits licensed mental health professionals from counseling, practices, or treatments that seek to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Officials said Allentown is now the second municipality in the state, and 60th in the ...

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Rhode Island: The 10th State To Ban Ex-Gay Torture

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has signed her state’s bill outlawing ex-gay torture. That brings us to ten states, Washington DC, and host of cities big and small around the country. Via press release: “No child should be put through the dangerous and inhumane practice of conversion therapy,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Medical professionals agree this outdated and ...

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Chechen President: Gays Are Inhuman Devils And We Must “Purify Our Blood” By Removing Them [VIDEO]

TMZ reports: Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov sat for an interview with David Scott from Real Sports and it’s shocking. There are reports 27 people were recently murdered by the government – killed because they were gay, something the government has denied because the party line is that there are no gays in the country. Kadyrov says, “To purify our blood, ...

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BRITAIN: Church Of England Demands End To Ex-Gay Torture, “This Has No Place In The Modern World”

The Guardian reports: 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 ...

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REPORT: Chechnya Resumes Anti-Gay Detentions

Buzzfeed News reports: The detention of LGBT people has resumed in the Russian republic of Chechnya, where dozens of gay men were reportedly tortured or killed by authorities earlier this year, according to the activist group Russia LGBT Network. The independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta first reported that around 100 people had been kidnapped in the crackdown in April, but ...

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PENNSYLVANIA: Private Religious School Admits They Lied About Forcing Student To Watch Ex-Gay Video

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: A year ago, when a former student accused the Milton Hershey School of forcing him to watch a video meant to convert him from homosexuality, the school called the allegation “outrageous” and said it would never condone such behavior. Now in court documents, the school’s lawyers admit that such a video was used by Hershey house ...

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Kremlin Spox: If Trump Asks Putin About Chechen Persecution Of Gay Men, There Will Be An Answer

From Russia’s TASS agency: US President Donald Trump’s possible question on the LGBT rights in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya at the upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t be left unanswered, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday. “If there is such a question [on gay rights] then there will be an answer,” Peskov said, pledging: ...

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CHINA: Man Wins Forcible Ex-Gay Torture Suit

The Guardian reports: A gay man in central China has successfully sued a psychiatric hospital over forced conversion therapy, in what activists are hailing as the first such victory in a country where the LGBT rights movement is gradually emerging from the fringes. A court in Zhumadian, in Henan province, has ordered a city psychiatric hospital to publish an apology ...

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House Unanimously Approves Resolution Condemning Chechen Detention, Torture, And Murders Of Gay Men

Via press release: The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus commended the House of Representatives for passing H.Res.351, a bipartisan resolution condemning the detention, torture, and murders of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya. H.Res.351 was introduced by LGBT Caucus founding member and former House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) on May 23rd and passed in the House Foreign ...

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Wayne Besen’s Truth Wins Out Closes Shop After 11 Years Of Shutting Down Ex-Gay Torture Organizations

Via press release: Dear Truth Wins Out Supporters: On our 11th anniversary, it is with a mixture of great sadness and overwhelming pride that I reluctantly announce that Truth Wins Out is closing down. All good things must come to an end – and it is time to say goodbye. Truth Wins Out is closing because we accomplished our major ...

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RUSSIA: Vice News Reports From Inside The Chechen Prison Where Gays Were Tortured And Killed [VIDEO]

Via press release from HBO: VICE News has obtained exclusive access to Argun Prison in Chechnya where it is alleged that gay men were rounded up and tortured as part of an unprecedented ‘anti-gay purge’ by Chechnya’s law enforcement. VICE News is the first international news organization to be allowed into the location, capturing images and footage from the now ...

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NYC Considers Comprehensive Ex-Gay Torture Ban

The New York Daily News reports: Conversion therapy that aims to turn gay people straight would be banned in New York under a new bill in the City Council. The proposal — sponsored by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and being fast-tracked to a hearing Monday — would make it illegal for anyone to charge a fee to perform therapy to ...

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FRANCE: Putin Tells Macron He’s Working To Find “Complete Truth” On Chechnya’s Anti-LGBT Pogrom

The New York Times reports: France’s newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron, came out of his first meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Monday with a message of stark challenge, promising French military reprisals for any use of chemical weapons by Russia’s allies in Syria and saying he would closely monitor the curtailing of civil rights for gay ...

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Electroshock And Beatings With Pipes: New Report Confirms Grim Details Of Chechen Torture Of Gay Men

Human Rights Watch today released a 26-page report detailing the gruesome torture of gay men at the hands of Chechen police. Radio Free Europe reports: “All of the victims suffered repeated beatings,” the report said. “Security officials kicked them with booted feet, beat them with polypropylene pipes and sticks, and made other inmates beat them” — mostly on the men’s ...

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Ex-Gay Torture Leader Greg Quinlan: I’m Proud To Oppose “Homofascism” And Support Anti-LGBT Laws

Last month the SPLC mentioned ex-gay torture leader Greg Quinlan as being among the speakers at an event staged in opposition to GLSEN’s annual campaign to stop the often-violent bullying of LGBT kids. Quinlan says he’s proud to be named as a hater. From the AFA’s OneNewsNow: “It just goes on and talks about how I left homosexuality,” he tells ...

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Nevada Becomes Ninth State To Ban Ex-Gay Torture

Via press release: Today the Human Rights Campaign praised Nevada Republican Governor Brian Sandoval for signing into law Senate Bill (SB) 201 — legislation protecting LGBTQ youth in the state from the dangerous and discredited practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” HRC also commended State Senator David Parks for sponsoring the bill and shepherding it through to the Governor’s office. “No ...

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