Category: ex-gay

  • MN ex-gay pastor: Demonic element at play in gay lifestyle

    MN ex-gay pastor: Demonic element at play in gay lifestyle

    In an interview with conservative Christian host Paul Ridgeway on AM 980 KKMS, Outpost Ministries’ Nate Oyloe claimed that a “demonic element” is behind being gay or lesbian, and that men also become gay because they reject gender roles and fail to “cross that mystical barrier into manhood.” Outpost Ministries is Minnesota largest and oldest […]

  • Campaign to replace ‘ex-gay’ billboard near Elk River launched

    Campaign to replace ‘ex-gay’ billboard near Elk River launched

    A campaign has been launched to replace an “ex-gay” therapy billboard in Elk River with one critical of the practice. All Out, a not-for-profit crowd-funding social activism platform, funded by users as well as LGBT foundations, has launched a campaign to raise money for a billboard to replace the “ex-gay” billboard. “An offensive anti-gay billboard […]

  • MN ‘ex-lesbian’ falsely claims conversion therapy bans will shut down ex-gay ministries

    MN ‘ex-lesbian’ falsely claims conversion therapy bans will shut down ex-gay ministries

    Janet Boynes is a minister that calls herself a former lesbian. Her ministry, Janet Boynes Ministries, is based in Minneapolis and heavily affiliated with the Living Word Christian Center in Brooklyn Park. Last week, she appeared at a press conference in Washington, DC, to urge the United States Supreme Court to uphold bans on same-sex […]

  • Elk River teens protest ‘ex-gay’ conversion therapy billboard

    Elk River teens protest ‘ex-gay’ conversion therapy billboard

    High schoolers gathered at the Minnesota Capitol on Saturday to protest a billboard in Elk River that touts conversion therapy and was placed by a group founded by a Republican lawmaker. “We noticed the sign a few weeks ago and we knew instantaneously that it needed to be taken down. It’s not OK,” 17-year-old Emily […]

  • McCollum, Ellison cosponsor resolution calling for end to conversion therapy

    McCollum, Ellison cosponsor resolution calling for end to conversion therapy

    Reps. Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison are cosponsors of a resolution in the U.S. House that calls on states to ban conversion therapy for minors. The Stop Harming Our Kids Resolution was introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California. McCollum and Ellison are among 34 co-sponsors of the resolution. The SHOK resolution states, […]

  • Shame, shock therapy, and Christ: Experiences from inside Minnesota’s ex-gay movement

    Shame, shock therapy, and Christ: Experiences from inside Minnesota’s ex-gay movement

    For at least the last 40 years, the complex religious web that makes up Minnesota’s conversion therapy and “ex-gay” movement has been working to change the sexual orientation and gender identity of the state’s LGBT community members. For just as long, survivors who have been subject to both conversion therapy and “ex-gay” ministries have shared […]

  • Meet the clinics, churches, and groups behind Minnesota’s ‘ex-gay’ conversion therapy movement

    Meet the clinics, churches, and groups behind Minnesota’s ‘ex-gay’ conversion therapy movement

    In July 2011, Michele Bachmann was riding high in her bid for the Republican nomination for president when news broke that a counseling clinic owned by her and her husband Marcus conducted “ex-gay therapy.” Undercover activist John Becker who was with Truth Wins Out, an advocacy group that exposes such therapy as harmful and dangerous, […]

  • House DFLers introduce bill to prohibit “ex-gay” conversion therapy for minors

    House DFLers introduce bill to prohibit “ex-gay” conversion therapy for minors

    Twenty-seven DFLers introduced a bill on Monday that would prohibit licensed professionals in Minnesota from engaging in conversion therapy on minors. Conversion therapy is the practice of using therapy to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. House File 1620 would also bar the state of Minnesota for reimbursing clinics for conversion therapy services. The […]

  • Group founded by Republican lawmaker plans “ex-gay” billboard

    Group founded by Republican lawmaker plans “ex-gay” billboard

    The Pro-Family Forum, an anti-LGBT group founded by Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, a Republican from Glencoe, is seeking funds for a billboard that promotes conversion therapy. The Pro-Family Forum, formerly the Pro-Marriage Amendment Forum, was founded by Gruenhagen and “former homosexual” Kevin Peterson (In 2013, Gruenhagen announced his “former homosexual” friend on the floor of the […]

  • MPIRG backs ban on ex-gay therapy for minors

    MPIRG backs ban on ex-gay therapy for minors

    The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group or MPIRG has lent its support to the campaign to stop “ex-gay therapy” or conversion for minors and vulnerable adults. MPIRG, a progressive student-led organization on six Minnesota college and university campuses, has backed Can’t Convert Love MN’s campaign, according to an announcement from the group. That campaign is […]