Gay Conversion Therapy Survivor
In my upcoming release with Riverdale Ave. Books, Step Brothers In the Attic, I get into conversion/reparation therapy more deeply than I ever did before in fiction. I can’t believe it’s still happening…or that there are people who think it actually might work.
Here’s a story about one person who survived conversion therapy, and not without scars.
The harmful practice of sexual orientation change efforts—also known as ex-gay, reparative or sexual conversion “therapy”—involves attempts by a therapist to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) clients. In fall 2012, California became the first state to ban licensed mental health practitioners from using this practice on minors; I testified in favor of the legislation. I wept when I heard the news that the bill had been signed into law. And I celebrated when the U.S. Supreme Court recently denied an appeal by anti-gay groups that sought to overturn the ban.
You can care the rest here. He’s now a licensed therapist himself.
Gus Kenworthy’s Boyfriend Bares It All
There’s really not much to say about this.
Gayby actor Matt Wilkas evidently has something in common with boyfriend Gus Kenworthy: they’re both very comfortable in their own skin.
You can check that out here, and there’s a link to check out the pics. Not bad.
Ian Thorpe On Coming Out
This is just a lengthy quote by Ian Thorpe about what it was like for him to come out. These are stories I never get tired of reading.
When I was about 16 I was accused of being gay and because it was in that tone, I always thought of it as a negative, of not being equal.
It was frightening. I knew I should have come out earlier but I never thought that I could, I didn’t have the confidence to do it.
When I did come out it was to close friends and then my family which was the most difficult for me.
I struggled to come out but I don’t struggle with being out.