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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Issues Ban On Ex-Gay Therapy

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Issues Ban On Ex-Gay Therapy

Chris Christie may not have done much bill-signing on Friday, but the same can’t be said for today. The AP reports that the governor is set to sign a bill that will prevent licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teens straight. New Jersey will join California as the second state to outlaw “gay conversion therapy.” Christie has already signed a note that will accompany the bill; in it, he cites his own belief that people are born gay and that homosexuality is not a sin. Read more on Newser…

Today’s Lady News: Michele Bachmann Jokes About Ex-Gay Therapy

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann made an insensitive quip about the so-called “ex-gay therapy” her husband does on “The Tonight Show” on Friday, joking that she thought it was “a mid-life crisis line — ‘Pray away the grey.’” Har har har. [Think Progress]
  • Remember that piece in Psychology Today last year about a “study” that “proved” black women are unattractive? The London School of Economics has decided to place its author, Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa, on teaching probation for one year for making the school look bad. [Racialicious]
  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ends today: lesbian and gay troops will no longer be forced to hide their sexuality while serving in the military! [Washington Blade]

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Ex-Gay “Cuddle Therapy” Sounds Suspiciously Gay

Most of the things bigots do are just plain sad. Take “ex-gay therapy,” for example. A bunch of quacks claim that homosexuals can be “cured” of their same-sex attraction through what they call “gay aversion therapy,” but which is really just shaming and guilt-tripping. “Ex-gay therapy” is roundly criticized by actual psychologists. You can read all about the American Psychological Association’s distaste for gay aversion therapy here. But that has not stopped its practitioners — including Michele Bachmann’s husband! — from providing the service. Frequently these “ex-gay therapies” are run by religious individuals or organizations and the practice is euphemistically referring to as “praying the gay away.”

But sometimes, thank God, these very same bigots are hilariously funny. Take, for instance, when “ex-gay therapy” involves getting cuddled by a bunch of dudes. Keep reading »

Jerry Seinfeld Performs A “Comic Intervention” On Jon Stewart

Everyone in the media has been scratching their heads on how to write about Rep. Michele Bachmann‘s bigotry towards gays and her husband Marcus Bachmann’s work “treating” gays in so-called “ex-gay therapy.” He apparently said gay people are “barbarians” that need to be “educated” and “disciplined.” Do we report this as straight news? Blow a gasket over how cruel and dehumanizing they are? Even Jon Stewart struggled with how to report on Marcus Bachmann on last night’s episode of “The Daily Show.” That’s when Jerry Seinfeld came to the rescue and prescribed a spoonful of “ex-comic therapy.”
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