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acl conversion therapy expert panel maureen young

Last week, Wendy Francis from the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) organised a talkfest at Queensland’s Parliament House. Francis promoted her ACL conversion therapy ‘expert panel’ as unpacking ‘gay conversion therapy’. However, the ‘experts’ made scant mention of the advertised topic. In this special series, we look at the claims made on the night. The second speaker: …

trans kids acl feminist

At Queensland’s Parliament House last night representatives of both a feminist and a lesbian group joined forces with the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL). An event billed as about ‘gay conversion therapy’ in fact focused almost entirely on trans kids. — gay conversion therapy dismissed as ‘misguided’ thing of the past — no mention of former …

nigerian conversion therapy

A Nigerian man told the BBC his ‘conversion therapist’ flogged him until he lapsed into unconsciousness. The interview comes five years after former president Goodluck Johnson signed the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act (SSMPA). Both the man, and a lesbian from the African country, described the practice of Nigerian conversion therapy to the BBC. The SSMPA …

LGBTIQ conversion

Within fifteen years of the word ‘homosexual’ coming into common usage, the search for a cure was in full swing. Indeed, LGBTIQ conversion therapists are nothing new. There is a long and undistinguished history of quacks attempting to profit from social prejudice against LGBTIQ people. 7 minute read In 1903 the Brisbane Truth mocked the …

From at least 1969 until 1973, the Australian government funded the torture of gay men. Grants from the Medical Research Endowment Fund subsidised Dr. Neil McConaghy’s experiments with so-called ‘aversion therapy’. Long Read: 10 minutes As Victoria and Queensland move to ban ‘conversion therapy’, we look back to a time when the Australian Commonwealth actually …

Still of Boy Erased, upcoming gay conversion therapy drama starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Troye Sivan

The first trailer for Boy Erased, the emotional drama telling the story of a US “gay conversion” therapy survivor, has been released. Troye Sivan stars alongside fellow Aussie actors Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in the film, which will be directed by Australian actor-director Joel Egerton. It tells the story of Jared (played by Manchester …

alan turing law

Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of antiquated sex offences in the United Kingdom will be eligible for a pardon under the new ‘Turing Law’. Deceased men convicted under the now-abolished homosexual offences will automatically receive posthumous pardons. British Liberal Democratic politician Lord John Sharkey campaigned for four years to change the laws. “In …

Alan Turing's letters

Excerpts from Alan Turing’s letters offer a glimpse into the anguish the famed codebreaker endured in his final days. Turing’s brilliant mind was instrumental in ending the Second World War. His invention of the modern computer enabled the cracking of the Nazi’s Enigma Code. However, his life ended in tragedy when he died at age …