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January 16, 2019

Google Under Fire For Having 'A Pray Away the Gay' App on Their Play Store

Google has come under fire for featuring an app that encourages gay people to seek controversial conversion therapy in its online store.

The app, created by US Christian group Living Hope Ministries, advises young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teenagers, and adults to become heterosexual through prayer and therapy. The app also offers Bible study-style guidance.

The Texas-based Christian group is accused of referring to transgender and gay people as “sexually broken” individuals who can “walk out of false identities”, and claiming that the gay lifestyle is harmful.

Campaigners have claimed that the app falsely portrays being gay as an “addiction”, “sickness” and “sin”.

Activist group Truth Wins Out started a petition online earlier this month demanding that Google remove the app from its online store. The petition has so far collected over 36,000 signatures.

The activist group said: “By any standard, the app is awful. It brazenly compares homosexuality to an addiction. It casually trashes LGBT people as living ‘destructive lifestyles’.”

Google has been accused of “foot-dragging” after it failed to follow the lead from Amazon, Microsoft and Apple, which removed this app from their online stores last month after being approached about it.

Wayne Besen, executive director of Truth Wins Out, said that it is “unconscionable” that Google is still offering an online platform to this app.

He said: “We are hoping this is simply an oversight from a very large company, rather than an objectionable policy decision that would warrant further action.”

Google’s figures show that the app has been downloaded over 1,000 times since its launch in 2014.

Phil Samba, a London-based social activist, told the Telegraph: “We don’t know who is reading it, who is affected by it and what damage it is doing.

“I think it’s a terrible thing. I think it’s terrible because there are a lot of people out there that don’t understand their sexuality. When you’re young and in the LGBTQ community you are brought up told that being gay is wrong or a choice. For those vulnerable people who are suicidal, it can be really dangerous.”

Last year Facebook was criticized for allowing advertisers to target young LGBT people with "predatory" gay cure adverts on its site through micro-targeting. 

The UK Government announced a consultation on how to ban the practice of conversion therapy last year after a survey found that thousands of people were offered the so-called treatment. 

Conversion therapy, which aims to 'cure' gay or trans people was found was offered to more than 5,000 of the over 100,000 people who responded to a Government survey.  The true figure is likely to be far higher. 

A Living Hope Ministries spokesman said: "The claims made by Truth Wins Out are inaccurate and are not descriptive of our ministry or the free app that we offer or the other free services we provide individuals.

"We are a discipleship ministry that holds to a traditional, orthodox, understanding of Scripture. We journey with individuals who seek out our help and help as they pursue a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. 

"We are saddened by the efforts of Truth Wins Out to eliminate our voice in the public arena."

November 8, 2018

EX-Gay Therapist is Found Cruising Men for Sex

 As a licensed psychologist and clinical director of Horizon Psychological Services, Dr. Norman Goldwasser oversees a team of professionals in providing a broad range of mental health services, including individual and group psychotherapy, psychiatric support, and psychological evaluations. He was using the handle to pcik up men "HOTNHAIRY"

By Reynaldo Leanos, Jr. and Brooke Sopelsa

A Florida psychologist who has compared homosexuality to obsessive-compulsive disorder and claimed that he could change clients’ sexual orientation through therapy was found soliciting “hookups” on gay dating apps, according to LGBTQ nonprofit Truth Wins Out.
Norman Goldwasser, clinical director of Horizon Psychological Services in Miami Beach, Florida, allegedly used the screen name “hotnhairy72” to meet other men on Manhunt and Gay Bear Nation. The Manhunt profile, which has since been deleted, includes several nude images that appear to be of Goldwasser and lists a number of interests, including “dating,” “kissing,” “married men,” “massage” and a series of more explicit activities, according to screenshotsprovided to NBC News by Truth Wins Out.
Wayne Besen, the founder and executive director of Truth Wins Out and author of the 2003 book “Anything but Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth,” said his organization was alerted to Goldwasser’s alleged profile by someone who claimed to have been one of the licensed psychologist’s former “gay conversion therapy” patients.
Besen said after receiving the tip, he created a fake profile for “Brandon” to try to connect with Goldwasser directly. Goldwasser then allegedly offered to meet with “Brandon” at a Fort Lauderdale motel room. Besen eventually revealed that there was no "Brandon" and confronted Goldwasser about his promotion of "gay conversion therapy."
Besen said Goldwasser initially tried to deny it was him on the gay hookup apps, but eventually admitted they were his profiles.
“I promptly texted the Manhunt screenshot,” Besen said. “He then called me and confessed, begging for mercy.”
The number Besen said he used to communicate with Goldwasser is listed as belonging to Norman Goldwasser on several different websites, and when NBC News called the number, the voicemail greeting claims to be that of Norman Goldwasser of Horizon Psychological Services.
NBC News contacted Goldwasser by phone and email to inquire about his views on homosexuality, "gay conversion therapy" and his alleged gay dating profiles. He responded with an emailed statement Tuesday morning.
"The fact that this story and others have been brought to the public is incredibly painful but will become a catalyst for me seeking the right help for myself," Goldwasser stated in an email. "It is sad that despite the fact that I have been able to help many people over the years who have suffered from the effects of child sexual abuse and sexual addiction, I obviously was unable to help myself. There is no justification for my personal behavior and I deeply regret the pain I have caused people in my personal life." 
In a message posted to Truth Wins Out’s website, Besen explained that the organization “does not engage in the outing of people participating in ex-gay programs unless there is overwhelming hypocrisy, exchange of commerce, and the threat of harm to LGBT youth.” Goldwasser’s outing “passes all three tests,” the post stated.
“Goldwasser can’t claim his personal life is none of our business when trying to ‘cure’ LGBT people is his business,” Besen continued in the online message. “Here is a case where a charlatan is committing consumer fraud by misleading clients and adversely affecting their mental health.”
So-called gay conversion therapy, also known as "ex-gay therapy" or "reparative therapy," attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. It has widely been discredited by medical and mental-health associations, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychiatric Association stated that the "potential risks" of this type of therapy "are great, including depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior, since therapist alignment with societal prejudices against homosexuality may reinforce self-hatred already experienced by the patient."
According to the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, approximately 700,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults have undergone conversion therapy at some point in their lives, including about 350,000 who received this treatment as adolescents. Since 2012, 14 states and Washington, D.C., passed laws banning the practice for minors, according to the LGBTQ think tank Movement Advancement Project. 
Goldwasser, however, has been a proponent of this controversial practice for more than a decade. In 2006, he co-authored a paper titled “Holistic Therapy: A Comprehensive, Clinical Approach to the Treatment of SSA,” where SSA stands for same-sex attraction. In it, he pathologizes homosexuality, comparing it to obsessive-compulsive disorder.
In 2010, he wrote an article for conservative website Free Republic where he promoted the now-defunct organization Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality (JONAH), which Quartz recently described as “the biggest Jewish gay ‘conversion therapy’ organization.”
profile on Psychology Today that claims to be Goldwasser states that he has “extensively worked with a variety of trauma-related challenges such as personality disorders, especially narcissism, OCD and other anxiety disorders, mood disorders, relationship difficulties, and unwanted bisexuality.”

August 24, 2018

Chloe Grace Moretz: 'My Brothers Tried To Pray away The Gay'


Chloe Grace Moretz's new film tackles the controversial issue of gay conversion therapy - an issue that's close to home for the actress.
In The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Moretz plays a teenager sent away to a Christian gay conversion camp in the 1990s.

April 12, 2018

The BiggestGay Therapy Center Operating in Secret After It Was Shut Down in Crown Hghts (Ultra Jewish Cons.)

Courts have ruled out in many states including NJ and New York that Reparative Gay Conversion is a FRAUD along all Health groups

 The ultra conservative Lubavitcher Jews in Crown Hghts, Brooklyn

Levin was one of several young men who successfully sued JONAH that year, the only Jewish gay-conversion therapy organization in the US. JONAH (an acronym for Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, and formerly for Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality) operated out of an office in Jersey City, New Jersey. It referred teenagers and young adults—mostly Jewish men—to self-described therapists like Alan Downing, a man with a theater degree and no psychology education or mental health license.
In 2007, Levin was a teenager growing up in an ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and he felt his attraction to men was incompatible with his understanding of the obligations of his faith. JONAH promised to excise Levin’s sexual orientation from his consciousness, like one might an addiction. At the 2015 trial, Levin and the other plaintiffs described elaborate, pseudoscientific exercises. Downing and others constructed psychodramas, asking the men to strip naked in front of mirrors while saying disparaging things about themselves, bash pillow effigies of their mothers with tennis rackets, and cuddle with older men on floors in groups, among other things, according to the plaintiffs’ testimony. They were also brought to camp-like retreats in the woods, where they were told to shower naked together, wear blindfolds while others shouted scripted epithets at them, and recreate their own births by wriggling out of swaddling blankets, nude.
The American Psychological AssociationAmerican Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and virtually all other major US health-professional groups say gay conversion therapy is psychologically harmful and ineffective. It’s banned in New Jersey and a handful of other states. In 2012, Levin and his co-plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center and two other law firms, sued JONAH and its founders for consumer fraud. After drawn-out court proceedings, they won in December 2015. The New Jersey Superior court ordered JONAH to close and liquidate its assets by June 2016.
That was supposed to be the end of it.

But 11 days after the jury found JONAH guilty, its founders, Arthur Goldberg and Elaine Berk, opened a new nonprofit: the Jewish Institute for Global Awareness, or JIFGA (which was actually a recycled acronym; the two had previously called their organization the the “Jonah Institute for Gender Affirmation”). JIFGA filed for nonprofit status using JONAH’s old address and phone number.
The legal team behind the original lawsuit filed a motion on March 28 of this year urging the New Jersey court to enforce its original ruling. They allege that JIFGA’s operations are “indistinguishable” from JONAH’s—that it is carrying on as though no court order had happened. In fact, the SPLC sent a letter to JONAH’s lawyers asking for more information about JIFGA in January—and JONAH’s lawyers responded by confirming that yes, their clients were providing referrals to therapists under the new name, and that JIFGA’s new clients “most likely” include individuals “seeking assistance with “same-sex attraction.”
The current JIFGA website includes a page titled “Funding Morality,” which says the organization advocates for a “Judeo-Christian worldview,” which prohibits “sexual deviations,” including homosexuality. In its March motion (pdf), the SPLC noted that the site also linked to a crowdfunding page for a documentary about Joseph Nicolosi, the deceased founder of a Christian ex-gay ministry with chapters across the country; Earlier this week, the page said it was “under construction,” at the time of publication it appears to have been taken down entirely.
If Goldberg and Berk are found in violation of the original order, they would owe the plaintiffs $3.5 million in legal fees. The duo behind JIFGA have until April 27 to respond to the motion—a failure to respond would also be a violation of the original order. When reached by email for comment on April 3, Goldberg told Quartz he hadn’t read the the legal filing. “I am presently out of the country and have not had an opportunity to review the action,” he wrote, replying from an email address that included JONAH in its name.

Reported by QUARTZ

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March 13, 2018

Male Psychiatrist While Treating Male Patients to Abandon Their Sexual Orientation, Was Having Sex with Them

A panel of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s discipline committee found Dr. Melvyn Iscove engaged in sex acts with two male patients on different occasions during therapy sessions.
 A panel of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s discipline committee found Dr. Melvyn Iscove engaged in sex acts with two male patients on different occasions during therapy sessions.  (ANDREW LAHODYNSKYJ / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

Maybe Melvyn the impulsive Psychiatrist was testing his patients to see if they were cure? or may be he was testing himself?  It seems to me he knew the answer to both questions. He knew the sexual orientation of a human being is more important than even which sex he/she are. He was well educated and gay, that is why he knew. People are what they believe to be together with what they show to be (the product of their actions). Why not make a lot of money in something that can not be cured and at times be compensated for it twice by the same patient? I think that is what Malvyn thought and he was doing thruout his career. And this is where it hurts tremendously;"Two patients, now at the age of 40, reported that they were abused when they were 20-years-old"   
 Toronto Star picture of Marvyn. He must've been younger than 72 in this picture. Either that or Toronto water is the Fountain of Youth

[By JACQUES GALLANT Legal Affairs Reporter]

A long-time Toronto psychiatrist, who believes homosexuality is a “sexual disorder” that can be overcome, has been found guilty by Ontario’s medical regulator of sexually abusing two of his male patients. 

Dr. Melvyn Iscove, 72, was described in a decision of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s discipline committee as having a “special interest in the treatment of patients with problems related to homosexuality.”

He also engaged in mutual masturbation and oral sex with two male patients on different occasions during therapy sessions, and once had anal intercourse with one of them in his office, the committee found. 

“Neither complainant described any emotional or romantic aspects of the sexual activity with Dr. Iscove, and both said that at some point, they thought that the sexual activity was part of the therapy and an attempt to cure them of homosexuality by engaging in the acts, rather than fantasizing about them,” the five-member discipline panel wrote in a decision released this week. 

Theories on homosexuality being an illness have long been discredited — the World Health Organization removed it from its list of mental illnesses in 1992 — and in 2015, Ontario became the first province to ban so-called “conversion therapy” that purported to change an individual’s sexuality. 

As for Iscove, he denied the sexual abuse allegations, which mostly date back to the 1990s and early 2000s. His licence was immediately suspended after the guilty findings pending a penalty hearing that has yet to be scheduled. 

During a penalty hearing, doctors found to have had sex with a patient automatically lose their licence.

“We're both very disappointed with the result, obviously,” said Iscove’s lawyer, Alfred Kwinter. “Dr. Iscove has always denied the allegations, he continues to do so, and he's seriously considering an appeal.” 

Iscove testified in his own defence, and the discipline panel noted that he studied and applied the theories of Dr. Edmund Bergler, a psychoanalyst who theorized on homosexuality in the 1950s. Passages of Bergler’s writings introduced at Iscove’s discipline hearing included “All attempts to prove homosexuality to be anything but an illness had in my opinion failed” and “there are no happy homosexuals.” 

The discipline panel found Iscove tried to “soften the effect of these passages, but in the end, endorsed or at least accepted them.” 

“Dr. Iscove also became evasive in responding to questions as to whether homosexuality should be considered an illness, and whether it was capable of being ‘cured,’ despite that these views were clearly held by Dr. Bergler.” the panel wrote. 

“Given that Dr. Iscove had admittedly devoted his professional life to studying and applying the theories of Dr. Bergler, it was not clear to the committee why Dr. Iscove refused to acknowledge that he agreed with Dr. Bergler on these points.”

According to the panel’s decision, Iscove testified that his patient population includes “a range of problems such as marital conflict, and ‘sexual disorders,’ such as frigidity, over-sexuality and homosexuality.”

“He stated that these patients only became responsive to his therapy when they were ready to fight it (i.e., the homosexuality),” the panel said.

Both patients’ identities are covered by a publication ban. Now in their 40s, both men — who the panel noted didn’t know each other until the discipline proceedings — came forward in recent years, about incidents that took place when they were younger. The panel believed the incidents occurred as described by the patients. 

Patient A had been referred to Iscove for treatment for depression and anxiety “associated with fears he was gay,” when he was in his twenties. The man, who considered Iscove a father figure, testified that Iscove would directly ask him about fantasies involving the two of them.

Patient A testified that one day Iscove embraced him and that the doctor said: “What are you thinking you want to do?” and then “You may touch me if you like,” and the patient then touched Iscove’s erect penis through his pants. 

“The sexual activity subsequently progressed to Dr. Iscove removing his penis from his trousers, then Patient A doing the same,” the panel wrote. “This progressed on later occasions to mutual masturbation and oral sex. Patient A estimated that such activity occurred on between 10 and 20 occasions with oral sex occurring on one-third of the episodes.” 

Patient B began seeing Iscove in the late ’80s when he was 18, after his parents recommended he see Iscove for depression and anxiety. The patient testified that at the time, he did not have any concerns about his sexuality, and that his relationships had been entirely heterosexual up to that point. 

He said he was encouraged throughout his therapy to read material by Bergler, the 1950s theorist on homosexuality, and that at every appointment, he was asked about his dreams and fantasies, “especially with respect to homosexual feelings.” 

“Fantasies that involved heterosexual relationships were identified by Dr. Iscove as being a way of denying his homosexuality,” the panel wrote. “Patient B firmly believed that Dr. Iscove was attempting to ‘cure’ his homosexuality.”

The two began engaging in sexual activity around 2007, the panel wrote. 

“(Patient B) considered beginning a homosexual affair with an unspecified male. After discussing this with Dr. Iscove, who persuaded him that a random partner was undesirable, Dr. Iscove made it known that he, himself, would be available,” the panel wrote. 

They engaged in mutual masturbation and oral sex on a number of occasions, and Patient B testified he once brought a condom asking Iscove to penetrate him, which he did. 

The panel also found that Iscove committed professional misconduct regarding boundary issues, including selling a juicer to Patient B, trying to sell personal items to Patient A, and inviting Patient A to an opera rehearsal as his guest.

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January 26, 2018

Love and Hip Hop With Scars of Conversion Therapy

The casts of Love & Hip Hop, across the franchise, are known to delve into some pretty personal details from their pasts, eventually revealing them on the show. In an upcoming epsiode, one of the cast members dug deep to relate a traumatic experience that has since scarred him for life.
Cast member Jonathan Fernandez, an openly gay man, revealed in a clip that he underwent horrific "gay conversion therapy" as a child, which saw others go to extreme means to attempt to change who he is.
In the emotional clip, Fernandez, who works today as an image consultant, explained that he was injected with hormones and his body was constrained, throughout the process.
"It wasn't just [being injected with] hormones... they used to lock me in a room," he told his sister Jasmine. "They would constrain my body — I would have to be in there for eight hours."
He added that he would then be brutally interrogated about his wardrobe before being physically harmed through what "felt like shocks." Hernandez continued that he was sent to undergo full-on conversion therapy by his mother after she learned he was being bullied at age 10 as he "didn't fit a conventional gender role." He claims she sent him off because she didn't want him to continue to be bullied.
His sister, upon hearing his revelation, said she had no idea to what extent he was suffering, at the time. When she asked why he had never spoken up about the experience, he told producers that he was just embarrassed.
"I was so young when this happened, and to be honest, I was embarrassed about everything," he said. "Jasmine knew a portion of what happened to me, but I never mustered up the strength to tell her the whole entire thing."
Watch him tearfully detail the horrific ordeal in the sneak peak, below:
Written by Moriba Cummings
(Photo: VH1

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