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Why I Chose To Be Gay

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | Yes, you read that right. And yes, I’m quite aware of what those words imply. It’s 2017 and the notion that sexual orientation is anything other than innate is understood in American culture — and widely accepted in much of the “civilized” world as well. But said acceptance has arrived only […]

Ron Gold, Pioneer in Challenging Sickness Label, Dies

Ron Gold, Pioneer in Challenging Sickness Label, Dies

BY ANDY HUMM | Ron Gold, who told a committee of shrinks, “Stop it, you’re making me sick!,” in a 1973 speech as part of the successful campaign to get the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from their Index of Mental Disorders, died at his East Village home May 1 at the age […]

How Homophobia Became a Word

How Homophobia Became a Word

BY DR. GEORGE WEINBERG | May of 1965. A small group of daring revolutionaries rented the auditorium of the Barbizon Hotel in Midtown Manhattan for a meeting of the East Coast Homophile Organization — a name that does not resonate today – but the group was one that changed the course of LGBTQ history four years […]

Once Again Wielding Executive Authority, Cuomo Curbs Anti-Gay Therapy

Once Again Wielding Executive Authority, Cuomo Curbs Anti-Gay Therapy

BY ANDY HUMM | Governor Andrew Cuomo moved to severely limit “conversion therapy” for minors in New York State using his executive authority in the absence of action in the Republican-controlled State Senate on legislation –– already passed in the Democrat-led Assembly –– to completely ban it. “Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice […]

NJ Court Finds Conversion Therapy Group Violated Consumer Fraud Law

NJ Court Finds Conversion Therapy Group Violated Consumer Fraud Law

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A New Jersey judge issued two pretrial rulings in February that increased the likelihood that an organization providing so-called conversion therapy to “assist individuals to purge unwanted same-sex attractions” will be found liable for consumer fraud. The suit, brought on behalf of six individuals against JONAH, Jews Offering New Alternatives for […]

California Ban on “Conversion Therapy” for Minors Upheld

California Ban on “Conversion Therapy” for Minors Upheld

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal appeals panel has ruled that a California statute outlawing so-called sexual orientation conversion therapy for patients under 18 is constitutional. The Ninth Circuit ruling, on August 29, came in response to two lawsuits, based primarily on First Amendment free speech grounds, that had delayed implementation of the law, which […]