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Minnesota High School Students Protest Billboard Advertising 'Ex-Gay' Therapy: VIDEO

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High school students gathered at the Minnesota Capitol on Saturday to protest a billboard promoting "ex-gay"  therapy on State Highway 10 in the town of Elk River.

PickupThe billboard is an advertisement for David Pickup (right), who practices "reparative therapy" in Los Angeles and Dallas, and reportedly was put up with the help of Minnesota's anti-LGBT Pro-Family Forum. After Pickup recently put up a billboard in Dallas, the owner of the sign took it down after realizing what the ad was promoting.

KARE-TV reports on Saturday's protest in Minnesota: 

"We noticed the sign a few weeks ago and we knew instantaneously that it needed to be taken down. It's not OK," said 17-year-old Emily Motin, who helped coordinate the protest.

The billboard advertises Reparative Therapy asking "Do gay feelings mean you're "born gay?" People around the world say no!" ... 

"We've researched the therapy and it has been shown to be horrible and tortuous to its patients," she said.

Sign1Pickup, who identifies as "ex-homosexual," told KARE-TV the billboard will be coming down in the next few weeks because the two-month contract is nearly up.

"Reparative therapists do not harm people," Pickup said. "We don't force them to change. We don't attack gay people. We don't tell them, oh, they should change." 

Watch KARE's report, AFTER THE  JUMP ...

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Oregon Senate Panel Passes Gay Conversion Therapy Ban: VIDEO

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The state-level push to ban gay conversion therapy continues to gain momentum in the wake of President Barack Obama's watershed announcement that he supports outlawing the discredited practice. 

Last week, the New York State Assembly passed a ban on gay conversion therapy. And this week, an Oregon Senate committee voted 3-2 to advance a similar bill. The Statesman Journal reported on the the committee hearing:  

"When you are in conversion therapy, you are taught that you have a sickness, a pathology, and that you need a cure," Portland resident Paul Southwick (above) said, choking back tears. "When the cure never comes, you are left even more anxious, hopeless and ashamed than when you started." ... 

Opponents say the state shouldn't interfere in family and religious matters.

"If we force kids to live homosexually if they don't want to, that puts them in harm's way," said Jayson Graves, head of the Colorado counseling organization Healing for the Soul, who says conversion therapy worked on him.

"We're not celebrated in this culture. We don't have television shows about us saying look how great it is to be ex-gay," Graves told the committee.

The measure now moves to the full Senate. If it passes, Oregon would become only the fourth jurisdiction in the US to ban gay conversion therapy, after California, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Similar bills have been introduced in at least 18 states, but have stalled in Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland and Virginia. 

Watch Southwick's powerful testimony and the entire Oregon Senate committee hearing shortly after the 21:00 mark in the video, AFTER THE JUMP ...(warning: autoplay)

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Jimmy Kimmel Interviews Andrew 'Not Gay No More' Caldwell About FroYo Assault: VIDEO

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You may remember Andrew Caldwell. He's the St. Louis man in a loud jacket and proud yellow bow tie who proclaimed before the Church of God in Christ’s 107th Holy Convocation that, "I'm not gay no more. I am delivered! I don't like mens no more," and then shortly thereafter received threats of legal action from that same church for trying to sell a remixed song of the service on iTunes.

He's in the news again, this time for an incident involving alleged derogatory slurs and hurled frozen yogurt. A story like that is irresistible for late night comedians, so Jimmy Kimmel had Caldwell on his show to talk about the incident. Caldwell, who took the interview in very good humor, says if he'd known he was going to get his yogurt thrown at him first of all he would have chosen softer toppings.

You can watch the interview AFTER THE JUMP...

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New York State Assembly Passes Ban on Gay 'Conversion Therapy' for Minors

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The New York State Assembly has voted 94-23 to approve a ban on harmful gay "conversion therapy" for minors.

The bill now goes to the Senate.


London 'Gay Conversion Therapy' Convention Cancelled Following Public Outcry: VIDEO

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A “gay conversion” conference in London, England has been cancelled following public outcry, reports London 24.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church “Holy Sexuality Conference" was set to include speakers Mike Carducci, Wayne Blakely and Danielle Harrison, who all claim to have been “cured” of their homosexuality.

A petition against the conference on Change.org was signed by more than 40,000 people.

Church in Britain cancels 'gay conversion' conference following online petition on @UKChange http://t.co/CZLnQvaLel via @mashable

— Brie Rogers Lowery (@brie_rl) April 14, 2015

PxBSLTYHntNiesg-800x450-noPadIn a statement, the church said:

“The Adventist Church recognises that the individuals invited to speak at the Holy Sexuality Conference have compelling life stories to share but equally appreciate that there are those who take a different point of view.

“We are disappointed that in a society that values freedom of speech and divergence of opinion that there are those whose wish it is to silence individuals who hold a different point of view to their own.

“We do not believe that the potential disruptions that were being planned for this event would have been beneficial either to the participants or to our friends in the LGBT community.

“As such, a decision has been made to cancel the event which had been locally organised by a group of members in the South London area.”

U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said “if anything needs curing, it is the outdated belief that being gay is wrong or something to be ashamed of.”

Watch Carducci on his "addiction" to homosexuality, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last week, President Obama announced his support for  a "We the People" petition urging the government to "Enact Leelah's Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy" after it reached more than 120,000 signatures.

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds NJ Ban on Conversion Therapy for Minors

A court challenge  to New Jersey's ban on harmful 'conversion therapy' for minors led by the hideously anti-gay Liberty Counsel was rejected by a federal appeals court on Monday, Reuters reports:

StaverBy a 3-0 vote, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the ban did not infringe the First Amendment rights of minors and their parents to receive information and exercise religion, or the rights of parents to decide how to raise their children.

The challenge came from a 15-year-old boy known as John Doe, who claimed to suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, self-hatred and suicidal thoughts as he struggled with his sexual identity, and his parents, who said they had sincere religious beliefs that homosexuality was sinful and harmful.

The family plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, said their lawyer, Mathew Staver (pictured).

The appeals court cited a ruling from September 11 of last year in which the law was also upheld.

Said Circuit Judge Dolores Sloviter: "The listener's right to receive information is reciprocal to the speaker's right to speak. The fundamental rights of parents do not include the right to choose a specific type of provider for a specific medical or mental health treatment that the state has reasonably deemed harmful."


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