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November 18, 2017

Conversion Therapy Against LGBT People_*Particularly Gay Men in China

The psychiatrist told my mom: ‘Homosexuality is just like all the other mental diseases, like depression, anxiety, or bipolar. It can be cured…. Trust me, leave him here, he is in good hands.’
— Wen Qi (pseudonym), March 16, 2017
Homosexuality is neither a crime nor officially regarded as an illness in China. For decades, the legal status of consensual same-sex activity between men was ambiguous, but that was cleared up in the revised criminal code of 1997. In 2001, the Chinese Society of Psychiatry removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. This is consistent with the consensus of global medical associations that homosexuality is not a medical condition.

China decriminalized homosexuality in 1997, and removed it from the list of official mental disorders four years later. But stories of families forcing their relatives to undergo conversion therapy remain common, in large part because Chinese society places a high value in filial piety, with getting married and having a child as a major component. In July, a Chinese court ordered a public hospital to compensate a gay man forced to endure such treatment—the first victory of its kind in China.
For a new report, Human Rights Watch interviewed 17 Chinese LGBT people (all under pseudonyms) who ended up in conversation therapy because of family and social pressure. The report, published today (Nov. 15), found that most of them underwent the process in state-owned public hospitals, while others did so in private psychiatric or psychological clinics. All of the cases took place between 2009 and 2017.

The report found that abuses routinely occur in conversion therapy—including arbitrary confinement, forced medication and injection, the use of electroshocks, and coercion and threats. “If Chinese authorities are serious about ending discrimination and abuse against LGBT people, it’s time to put an end to this practice in medical facilities,” said Graeme Reid, LGBT rights director at Human Rights Watch, in a press release
Here are some of the first-hand accounts of abuses included in the report.

Under pressure

All interviewees told Human Rights Watch that they were forcefully taken to conversion therapy, typically within days of coming out to their parents. Xu Zhen, 21, a lesbian who received such treatment at a private clinic three years ago, said: 
My mom started… screaming about unfortunate things happening to our family, how she could ever survive it… My dad kneeled down in front of me, crying, begging me to go [to the conversion therapy]. My dad said he did not know how to continue living in this world and facing other family members if people found out I was lesbian. He was begging me to go so that he could live… I mean, at that point, what else could I do? I didn’t really have any other options…
Zhang Zhikun, a transgender woman, went to conversation therapy at a state-owned hospital in Shenzhen in 2012, just as her parents wished.
After I told my parents that I am gay, they pressured me a lot and tried to persuade me to receive treatment. My parents kept pushing me to the point that I had to break up with my boyfriend. My parents also tried multiple times to set me up with girls and wanted me to get married… I saw that type of advertising [of conversion therapy] before. There wasn’t really much I could do to change my parents’ mind. I knew it was not going to work if I kept resisting their pressure. I thought I would give it a try… in some way, just to let my parents know I cannot be changed in that sense.

Verbal harassment 

“Sick,” “pervert,” “diseased,” “abnormal,” “dirty,” and “slutty”—these are the terms doctors and psychiatrists have used to describe the interviewees, most of whom said they were subjected to verbal harassment and insulting language in conversion therapy. A gay man from northern Hebei province who received conventional therapy three years ago said:
I sat down, and the doctor gave me a form and asked me to fill it out… The doctor started saying to me: ‘You are sick. You know that yourself, right? I am not lying to you. If you feel like having sex with another man you are sick. But don’t worry about it too much now, I can help you with that. This is why your parents brought you here.’
Zhang remembered a similar conversation with her doctor:
This is pretty much what that doctor told me: ‘This [homosexuality] is promiscuous and licentious. If you don’t change that about yourself, you will get sick and you will die from AIDS. You will never have a happy family… Have you ever considered your parents’ happiness?’

Forced medicine

Eleven interviewees told Human Rights Watch that they were required or in some cases forced to take pills, and subjected to injections as part of their therapy. They said that doctors didn’t explain the purpose or potential risks involved when giving them the medication. A 29-year-old gay man still doesn’t know what pills he took at a public hospital in southern Fujian province three years ago:
The doctor and the nurse refused to tell me what the pills were. They just told me they were supposed to be good for me and help with the progress of the ‘treatment’… After I took them, I usually feel hyper-energized for a while, like a few hours. Then after a few hours, I started to feel very exhausted and depressed.
Zhang’s therapy included a technique reminiscent of the dystopian 1971 movie A Clockwork Orange
They asked me to watch and concentrate on the gay porn playing on the screen. And a nurse injected some liquid into me with a syringe… The liquid has no color and it was usually injected in my arm… Soon my body started to feel like it’s burning. My stomach was very uncomfortable, I felt very disgusted and constantly wanted to vomit in the whole process, but I didn’t really vomit. I was having a headache too… Every few minutes, the doctor and the nurse asked me to calm down and keep focusing on what is being shown on the screen.


Five interviewees endured electroshock as part of their treatment. One of them remembered going through nine electroshock sessions in his two-month treatment. He said:
I was asked to sit down on a chair, with my hands both tied on the chair arms with leather strips. Then the nurse and the doctor attached pads to both of my wrists and my stomach and my temples. These pads are connected to a machine through cables… The nurse also set up a screen in front of me, where they later started playing gay porn on the screen. The doctor asked me to watch what was playing on screen and asked me to focus on what was content of the video… A few minutes later, they switched on the electric current. My wrists and arms felt numb, my head too. But the most painful part was my stomach… They repeated the electroshock for about six or seven times during the entire session.
A 26-year-old transgender woman described her fear and frustration when she was unaware that she would be subjected to electroshock:
One part of that machine looked like a helmet, it was connected to the main part with cable. The interior of the helmet is covered with many dots, they look like metal dots… when they put the helmet on my head and turned on the machine, my head started to feel weird. It was like your skin on your head was being bitten by many bugs at the same time. As they turned it up, I started to feel pain instead of just numbness. It felt like being pinched or having needles stabbing on my skin. Then after a few minutes, my body started trembling… It was not until later did I realize that was an electroshock machine.
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July 30, 2017

Manchester Pioneered "Gay Aversion Therapy" in 1964

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As I checked yesterday numerous stories on Great Britain to publish today, one in particular caught my attention because it talked about the introduction of the Gay changing Therapy. The scientific community and most people that know themselves know that being gay is not something you can change. You can mitigated it, lie about it, hide it (favorite way) but not erradicate it like a disease becuse it is not a disease. It is part of the human phyche of how we see things and our selves. How some others of the same sex can attract us both sexually and spiritually to the point we would be willing to give our lives for them. It has never been easy having to be gay, lesbian (LGBT) not even today when research has thrown out the garbadge clains that prayer, exorcism, etc.,  can change it.  Some still try. Referring to this and idiotic things people do my ex used to say "a brain is a terible thing to have." Sometimes I think he was right, at least for some.

Chris Osuh of the Manchester Evening News writes the following essay/news article on how it was right in Manchester that damaging technique commenced (sexual changing therapy). It had been done before by the army and secret services with bad results but never was it put out for the general public as a teatment until 1964. Doctors began using drugs (which today belong to the categories we jail people for smugling and using) together with mechanical apparatus to try and change a person's sexual orientation. Some of the must ardent proponents and volunteers (paying volunteers, it was not free) were Homosexuals. This was done at a clinic or hospital for anyone that could afford the treatmens. "I will do no harm" is the most important part of Doctors taking the hyppocratic oath. This doctors there forgot abou that becuse it had to be obvious they were harming people and the medical goal was not being accomplished.  Adam Gonzalez

Today in this same city of Manchester the Police joins the Pride March

In 1964 a generous donation was received by Crumpsall Hospital. The sum of £7,000, worth over £130,000 in today’s money, from an anonymous source.
The cash was intended for a specific purpose; Crumpsall was to establish a research department in a pioneering field. Thousands of people were desperate for a cure for what was then a shameful and hidden affliction, but Crumpsall could offer them hope. 
And so, Britain’s first research unit for the ‘treatment of homosexuality’ came to be. ‘Treatment’ involved men being electrocuted and drugged with potent purgatives, while images of other men flickered at the ‘patient’.
Back then, homosexuality was lumped in with a number of other unwanted tendencies, from nail-biting to alcoholism, for which aversion therapy was supposed to be a panacea. Seven years after Crumpsall’s research department was set up, cinemagoers were introduced to the horrors of aversion therapy by the movie A Clockwork Orange.
Actor Malcolm McDowell’s character, who was being treated for his violent behaviour, appeared straitjacketed, electrodes attached to his head, injected with nausea-inducing substances and bombarded with violent imagery, as Harpurhey -born author Anthony Burgess’s novel hit the big screen. 

The infamous scene was all too real to gay men who had experienced Crumpsall’s pseudo-scientific treatment. By the time that film was released, in 1971, it was a few years after parliament had decriminalised homosexual acts - in private, between consenting males over 21 - but gay life was still largely lived in the shadows, and still something people sought gruelling ‘treatment’ for.
Broadcaster Pete Price vividly recalls aversion therapy, and the hypocrisy surrounding it. “It was 72 hours...I went through hell and back”, he says. “I then went to a gay club in Manchester called the Rockingham and there was the psychiatrist who put me through that torture. So the man who tortured me was a gay man! I tried to kill him. I actually tried to kill him and I’m not physically violent. The day after that I went ‘enough is enough’, that’s when I had acceptance. It did me a lot of damage what they did to me, but I have acceptance.”
Exactly 50 years on from decriminalisation and things are thankfully different, mostly.
Where once the police sought to entrap, harass and criminalise gay people, now officers dance proudly on floats at Pride , and raise the trans flag from headquarters. Those things would once have been unthinkable.  Bringing about change involved years of struggle and bravery - it brought a community from enforced self-loathing and shame to solidarity and pride. And Greater Manchester, in keeping with its rich history of social justice and urban nerve, has been the scene of many gay milestones.
In November 1999, a 90-year-man suffered a heart attack on the sofa of a friend’s house. An ambulance arrived at the property, at Claude Road, Chorlton, to take him to Manchester Royal Infirmary. But there was nothing doctors could do, and he was pronounced dead.
Soon afterwards he was buried at Southern Cemetery. There were only six guests. So ended the fabulous, and often not-so-fabulous, life of memoirist and raconteur Quentin Crisp, a man famous - and infamous - for refusing to hide who he was. ‘Quentin Crisp was no gay rights hero’, civil rights campaigner Peter Tatchell wrote in a 2009 piece for Pink News, which criticised Crisp for being a ‘homophobe and reactionary’.
Tatchell met the writer once in 1974, a time when the younger man was wearing a gay liberation badge, and recalls the writer telling him: “What do you want liberation from? What is there to be proud of? I don’t believe in rights for homosexuals.”
“He never spoke out for gay rights or supported any gay equality cause...the true icons and pioneers of the modern British gay community are heroes like Allan Horsfall and Antony Grey”, Tatchell wrote.
The late Allan Horsfall was not a flamboyant man. He spent much of his life living in Bolton with his partner, and looked rather like the clerk at Salford Education Committee, the bus enthusiast, that he actually was. But he was anything but quiet. He was a fearless campaigner, and a founding father of the British gay rights movement.
The good burghers of Nelson must have got quite a shock when, while serving as a councillor in 1960, Horsfall called on the local Labour Party to support the decriminalisation of homosexuality. The motion he tabled never got passed, but Horsfall was resolute. By 1964, while living in Atherton, he founded the North West Committee for Homosexual Law Reform. In time, the group would evolve into the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, which did a huge amount to change the nation’s mentality.
Wilmslow-born Antony Grey, the other activist venerated by Tatchell, began campaigning for gay rights in 1954, the year three prominent men - Lord Montagu, Michael Pitt-Rivers and Peter Wildeblood - were convicted and jailed for homosexual offences.
The resulting backlash led to the setting up of the Wolfenden Committee, comprised of 15 of the great and good, whose report would recommend, in 1957, that homosexual acts between consenting adults in private be decriminalised. The Homosexual Law Reform Society was founded by prominent heterosexual liberals, and with them, Grey would campaign tirelessly for the recommendations in the Wolfenden Report to become law. Ten years later they did.
Reform came too late for men like Alan Turing, who, two years before Grey penned his first letter to the Sunday Times, was compelled to undergo chemical castration. Months earlier, Turing - quiet heroic wartime codebreaker, father of modern computing - had met a younger man outside the Regal Cinema, now the Dancehouse Theatre at Oxford Road, and invited him back to his house in Wilmslow.
An investigation into a subsequent burglary at Turing’s home - with the young man being the culprit - led to Turing admitting having had a sexual relationship with him. Both men would be prosecuted for gross indecency and convicted. Turing was offered the choice between prison, or probation with ‘treatment’. After a course of oestrogen injections, which caused impotency and the growth of breast tissue, Turing took his own life with a poisoned apple.
Allan Horsfall knew the toll that social isolation took on the gay community, and sought to combat it by establishing gay social clubs across the country. He applied, unsuccessfully, to open one such ‘Esquire Club’ in Swinton precinct.
The Rockingham, the Queen Street club where Pete Price bumped into his psychiatrist after his ‘treatment’, was one of the gay venues where Allan Horsfall went to recruit activists. In a era before websites, telephone helplines and frank television dramas like Queer as Folk, there were few venues where gay people could learn they weren’t alone. Manchester’s gay pubs, bars and parties, hidden in plain sight, were seminal.

Even in the 19th century, gay men from across the north were coming to Manchester to associate; the bustly, smoky city offered a freedom, if you were discreet, that was impossible in smaller towns.
In 1880 the Temperance Hall in Hulme was rented for an event, ostensibly organised by the Manchester Pawnbrokers’ Association. To ensure the function’s discretion the hosts had hired an accordionist who was blind and covered the windows with black paper.
The cloak and dagger approach was necessary. The party that was going on behind the blacked-out windows was an affront to the codes of Victorian England. Being gay was not only a crime in law - it was a crime for which, some 74 years earlier, Manchester artisan Thomas Rix had been hung for, publicly, at Lancaster Castle.
It was also a crime that Manchester’s most famous detective, Jerome Caminada, was determined to avert. Having been tipped off that all was not as it seemed at Temperance Hall, he assembled a squad of constables and volunteers and climbed over a roof so he could see inside. One can imagine the detective’s moustaches twitching as he looked down on people dancing the can-can, as a couple dressed as Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn took in the scene. Everyone in the room was male. Caminada gained entry by giving the password ‘sister’ to a bouncer - who was dressed as a nun - before his team hauled 38 revellers off. The men, most of whom were from Sheffield and were largely from middle class backgrounds, would escape with the most minor of punishments - a bind-over - but the event made the papers. The sentencing magistrate had lamented that such ‘vice’ was ‘practiced and solicited’ not in ‘Turkey or Bulgaria’, but in Manchester.
Almost 100 years after the raid at Temperance Hall, police entered a gay bar at Bloom Street in the city centre, and warned the manager that he was allowing ‘licentious dancing’ on the premises. Activists believed the then Chief Constable James Anderton was trying to crack down on gay life in a moral crusade.
It wasn’t an unjustified suspicion - Anderton was known for his outspoken social conservatism, which extended to much condemned remarks about people with HIV and AIDS. But at Napoleons, the venue where his officers tried to stop the dancing in 1978, the music plays on. Once owned by legendary drag performer Frank ‘Foo Foo’ Lammar, it’s believed to be the oldest surviving gay nightclub in Manchester. It’s at the heart of the area, which, because of the quiet and anonymity offered by the canal and the backstreets, has been a gay area since at least the fifties, and finally became recognised as the Gay Village in the nineties, after Anderton’s retirement.
Napoleons’ co-owner, Anne Taylor, has watched attitudes change over the years
“It’s far better for everybody, you don’t have to hide anymore”, she told the M.E.N. “It’s great that people can go anywhere and hardly anyone bats an eyelid.
“We have a lot of transgender people who come in and say to us ‘I was born here’. For lots and lots of people it was where they could come and knew it was going to be safe. If you come here, you come to respect the place and the people in it, it’s as simple as that. That’s our motto.” The transgender women and men, gay men, crossdressing men, bisexuals, lesbians and straights who frequent Manchester’s Gay Village inherit an LGBT movement forged through the activism of people like Allan Horsfall, through the painful life histories of men like Alan Turing, and through the decisions of men and women, in more conservative times, to live as they were born.
And, apart from the bravery and defiance of Manchester’s ordinary gay men and women through the ages, the city can legitimately claim it played a role in the intellectual foundation of the modern LGBTQ movement, just as it played key roles in the development of the labour movement, the abolitionist movement, and in the fight for women’s suffrage. In 1896, Esther Roper, one of the first women to study at Owen’s College - now the University of Manchester, moved in with her partner, the aristocratic poet Eva Gore-Booth, to a terraced house at Heald Place in Rusholme.
After cutting their teeth with feminist causes in Manchester, they founded Urania, a privately-circulated journal which completely rejected conventional notions of gender, sexuality and marriage, and was edited by a transwoman called Irene Clyde.
In an ironic twist, given the history of the gay community’s relationship with the authorities, Manchester can legitimately claim that the first female police officer in the city was LGBT.
Henry Stokes, born Harriet, lived for 28 years as husband to Ann at Cumberland Street in the city, and worked as a bricklayer and volunteer copper. But the pair fell out over housekeeping money, a solicitor got involved, it emerged Ann had accused Henry of being a woman, and in 1838 an examination at the station confirmed Henry had indeed been born a Harriet. Such fascinating histories, some hidden for many years, show how people defied their times before the 1967 change in the law and the plural society it heralded. The law change did not, in the stroke of a pen, liberate gay people from fear of prosecution, persecution, and ostracisation. It took the efforts of many more - many of whom remain unsung, to bring British society to where it is.
The campaigners who opened the first UK’s first gay centre at Waterloo Place in Chorlton-on-Medlock, the tens of thousands who protested against Section 28 in the city, the councillors and council workers who fought for Manchester to have a gay quarter and ensured funding for minorities, the volunteers and activists who set up switchboards and support groups, the actors, performers, writers and clubbers, the multitudes who defied their times, quietly, or at the top of their voices. They have had a long and hard journey, and it hasn’t ended yet.
But now, fifty years on from that totemic change in the law, Manchester can be rightly proud of all of them.

May 4, 2017

Supreme Court Turns Away Challenge to CA.Outlawing RepTherapy

The Supreme Court has refused to overturn a ban on “gay conversion” therapy, and Democratic lawmakers recently introduced a bill that attempts to ban the practice at the national level — both legal moves that have advocates cheering.

The Supreme Court declined to hear a case Monday challenging California’s ban on gay conversion therapy. Because a lower court ruled in California’s favor, the ban will remain in place.
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The decision comes after years of legal proceedings against California’s 2012 law, which outlawed state-licensed medical professionals from performing “gay conversion” therapy to change a minor’s sexual orientation.

The Supreme Court previously refused to hear an appeal in 2014, rejecting claims that the law infringed on free speech. In a 2012 challenge, conversion therapy supporters challenged the law on the grounds of religious freedom. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the state in both cases.

LGBTQ advocates hailed the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday a victory, but opponents of the law vowed to bring new court challenges.

“We are deeply disappointed by today’s announcement, because it means young people in California and elsewhere will not be able to get the professional help they seek, due to political correctness,” said Brad Bacus, the president of Pacific Justice Institute, which brought the lawsuit.

Democratic lawmakers, meanwhile, want to expand the ban nationally.

Democratic congressman Ted Lieu — who authored the California ban five years ago as a state senator — introduced the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, along with Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., last month.

The bill seeks to expand the ban conversion therapy nationwide and uses the same arguments of a 2015 case that found a New Jersey non-profit’s conversion claims and practices to be fraudulent.

The proposal brought accolades from the LGBTQ community.

“Now more than ever, we must send a clear message to the LGBTQ community — and especially LGBTQ young people — that who you are is not something that needs to be fixed,” Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said in a statement praising the bill.

The American Psychiatric Association completely removed homosexuality as an illness from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in 1987, but no bills explicitly banning the practice were introduced until 2012.

Conversion therapy is also banned in Oregon, New Mexico, Illinois, New Jersey, Vermont and the District of Columbia.

May 3, 2017

“Gay is Not a Disease and Thus Not require Cure” Conn.Passing New Law

Rep. Jeffrey Currey, lead sponsor of the bill, watches the vote tally board as his colleagues applaud. 
The House of Representatives voted 141 to 8 Tuesday to pass and send to the Senate a bill that would make Connecticut one of a half-dozen states barring conversion therapy, the discredited practice of trying to change the sexual orientation of young homosexuals.

“This practice and treatment is not science, it’s science fiction,” the bill’s chief House sponsor, Rep. Jeffrey Currey, D-East Hartford, told his colleagues.

The bill would enshrine in state law the conclusions of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and other national associations of health professionals: Homosexuality is not a disease, and forcing conversion therapy on a minor can be harmful.

“Well, let me make it very clear to all of you here today: As a gay youth and now a gay adult, never was I broken nor in need of being fixed,” Currey said. “Being gay is not a disease, and therefore does not require a cure.”

The bill’s lead sponsors are the legislature’s only two openly gay members, Currey and Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, but its long list of co-sponsors included House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby.

Klarides urged passage of the bill, saying it would protect children against bullying.

“This is one that will allow me to go sleep tonight,” said Klarides, one of 63 Republicans and 78 Democrats to vote for the bill.

Anne Stanback, a veteran of the gay-rights movement and a leader of a coalition seeking the bill, said the message the legislation sends to vulnerable young people was as important as the content.

“I would argue that’s been true since we passed the gay rights bill in 1991 through the codification of gay marriage in 2009,” Stanback said. “The laws are critically important, but the message of acceptance and respect go hand in hand.”

The bill applies only to health professionals providing a fee for service, a provision that does not interfere with the free-speech rights of parents and others to talk to their children, Currey said.

One of the physicians in the legislature, Rep. William Petit, R-Plainville, an endocrinologist, said sexual orientation and gender identity are determined by genetics and “cannot be converted.”

All eight no votes came from Republicans: Sam Belsito of Tolland, Anne Dauphinais of Killingly, Doug Dubinsky of Chaplin, Craig Fishbein of Wallingford, Mike France of Ledyard, John Fusco of Southington, John Piscopo of Thomaston, and Rob C. Sampson of Wolcott.

Dauphinais said passage put Connecticut on a slippery slope of further interfering with parental rights.

“I believe this is a violation of the rights of parents to make choices they see as in the best interest of children,” Dauphinais said.

Sampson called the measure an exercise in political correctness.

“We need to be careful people. We need to be careful because we are losing our freedoms day by day to political correctness,”  Sampson said. “And it’s going to keep continuing until someone says no. The state shouldn’t be telling free people how to live their lives.”

Missing the vote were Rep. Bruce Morris, D-Norwalk, and Rep. Richard Smith, R-New Fairfield.

December 1, 2016

Man Cured of Bladder Cancer with Testosterone Experimental Therapy


A man with advanced prostate cancer that didn’t seem to be treated has been “cured” by a new experimental therapy.

The new treatment involved shocking tumours to death using testosterone.

Other very ill men involved in the trial saw astonishing results, with tumours being seen to shrink and the progress of the disease stopping in its tracks.

Overall, most of the people involved in the trial seemed to undergo positive results. Scientists tested that by looking at levels of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA), a blood marker used to monitor prostate cancer – and found that it fell in most of the 47 people involved in the study.

And one individual had so little of the market in his body – and no trace of the disease – that doctors said he appears to be cured after 22 cycles of the treatment.

The trial saw the men complete at least three cycles of what is called bipolar androgen therapy, or BAT. That sees their bodies get flooded with testosterone and then starved of it.

Until now, the male hormone had thought to help spur prostate cancer on. And so scientists have traditionally looked to treat it by cutting off the supply of testosterone.

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But the new study comes off the back of lab experiments that have seen cancer cells get suppressed or even killed by blasts of the same hormone.

Professor Sam Denmeade, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, US, who led the new study, said: "We think the results are unexpected and exciting.

"We are still in the early stages of figuring out how this works and how to incorporate it into the treatment paradigm for prostate cancer.

"Thus far we have observed dramatic PSA response in a subset of men; PSA levels declined in about 40% of men and in about 30% of men levels fell by more than 50%.

"Some men also have objective responses with a decrease in the size of measurable disease, mostly in lymph nodes. Many of the men have stable disease that has not progressed for more than 12 months.

"I think we may have cured one man whose PSA dropped to zero after three months and has remained so now for 22 cycles. His disease has all disappeared."

Early findings from the on-going Restore study were presented at the EORTC-NCI-AACR symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics in Munich, Germany.

All the patients had spreading cancer that was resistant to treatment with two of the latest hormone therapy drugs, abiraterone and enzalutamide.

The men received high dose injections of testosterone once every 28 days. At the same time, they were given a drug that stopped testosterone being produced naturally by the testicles.

"Our goal is to shock the cancer cells by exposing them rapidly to very high followed by very low levels of testosterone in the blood," said Prof Denmeade.

Six of the men tested positive for a protein called AR-V7 that may be associated with resistance to enzalutamide.

After BAT treatment, no sign of the protein was seen in the blood of all six. Two of the men had declines in PSA level of 50% or more.

The therapy appears to be well-tolerated by the patients, one man experiencing an increase in pain and another having a problem with urine retention.

Prof Denmeade said it was still not clear how the treatment worked, but it appeared to involve cell signalling and part of the process of cell division. Large doses of testosterone also seemed to cause prostate cancer cells to make breaks in their DNA.

Cancer cells stopped dividing and turned "senescent", meaning they "become like old men who sit around and tell stories but don't make much trouble", said the professor.

He cautioned that the therapy was still highly experimental and only suitable for men not suffering painful symptoms.

"Testosterone treatment can definitely worsen pain in men with prostate cancer who have pain from their disease," he said.

A multi-centre randomised US trial called Transformer is now comparing BAT with enzalutamide in men who have become resistant to abiraterone. It aims to recruit a total of 180 participants.

Prof Denmeade said: "If we find testosterone is superior then we would hope to move on to larger trials. Our problem is this is not a drug that is owned by a pharmaceutical company; it is generic testosterone. So moving forward is going to be difficult due to issues with finding funds to run a bigger trial."

Each year around 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK and 11,000 die from the disease.

Dr Matt Hobbs, deputy director of research at the charity Prostate Cancer UK, said: "Drugs that reduce the levels of testosterone (androgen deprivation therapy) are an effective treatment for thousands of men with advanced prostate cancer.

"However, at some point the cancer evolves and those drugs stop working. This research is intriguing because it offers a hint that - somewhat unexpectedly - for some men whose cancers have reached that 'hormone-resistant' stage it may be possible to kill or stop growth of the cancer cells by actually overloading them with testosterone.

"Many exciting new lines of attack against prostate cancer are emerging of which this is one.

“However, this is early stage research and further studies are needed in order to understand exactly how intriguing developments like this work and to test the findings more robustly in large clinical trials."

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June 2, 2015

Mother Rapes Gay son to Make him Straight


A gay boy was raped by his own mother in a misguided attempt to cure him of homosexuality.
An Indian LBGT organisation has warned that parents are so desperate to have straight children they are encouraging cousins, brothers and even mothers to rape their children.
Gay sex is punishable with up to ten years in prison in India, meaning anxious families feel they have no choice but to carry out the "corrective rapes".
A homosexual girl who was in a relationship with another woman was also raped by her cousin in a bid to cure her.
A string of victims have sought help from the LGBT Collective in Telangana, which reported fifteen cases within the past five years.
But Vyjayanti Mogli who works in the southern Indian organisation's crisis intervention team said there were many more victims who were scared to speak out.
He told the Times of India: "We are sure there are many more cases, but they go unreported,
“We came across such cases not because they reported the rape, but because they sought help to flee their homes."

Indian parents are so desperate to have straight children they are encouraging cousins, brothers and even mothers to rape their children, an LBGT organization has warned

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He said many victims wanted to block out memories of being attacked by a loved one so preferred to try and forget and cut off contact with their families rather than report it.
Shockingly, the parents are normally aware of the rape and have handpicked a family member, normally a cousin but also brother, father or mother, for the task.
Mr Mogli said in some communities in South India, marriages amongst cousins are common and parents decide which relation their daughter will be married to soon after her birth.
If this girl is discovered to be in a relationship with another girl, "elders in the family believe having sex with the 'would-be', even if it's forcibly, will cure her", he added.
The case of the teenage boy raped by his own mother was one of the many "shocking real life instances" from Bangalore that Hyderabadi filmmaker Deepthi Tadanki is dramatising in his upcoming film, Satyavati.
He said no one wanted to talk about corrective rape and his attempts he had tried reaching out to NGOs for information, only to be rebuffed.
He said: "Many rapes go unreported in India, and it will take years before something like corrective rape even gets talked about. That's why I wanted to tell this story."
In 2013 the Indian Supreme Court reinstated a colonial law which banned gay sex.
Meanwhile a mother in California has been arrested after she made sex tapes with her 16-year-old son.
According to a 'Daily Mail' report, Mistie Rebecca Atkinson, 32, said the relationship was not one of incest, rather a 'genetic attraction'. Mom and son were reunited after 15 years. She's been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison.
The incident came to light after the teen recorded his mother giving him oral sex on his phone. The boy was living with his dad and she had no custody rights. She first contacted him last year via Facebook and started sending inappropriate messages.
She allegedly also sent nude pictures of herself to the teenager.

April 9, 2015

US President Says “Stop Talk About Conversion Therapy of LGBT Youth”

US President Barack Obama has condemned psychiatric therapies designed to "repair" gay, lesbian and transgender youth.
Mr Obama's statement was in response to an online petition calling for a ban on conversion therapies, which gained over 120,000 signatures in three months.
The petition was inspired by Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender youth who committed suicide in December.
Some conservative groups and religious doctors support conversion therapy.
"We share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer youth," White House adviser Valerie Jarrett wrote in response to the petition. 
"As part of our dedication to protecting America's youth, this administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors." 
Vigils were held after Ms Alcorn committed suicide in December
Vigils were held after Ms Alcorn committed suicide in December
Counselling and prayer is used in conversion therapy to help some Christians deal with gay urges.
But mental health groups and gay rights activists say it can increase the risk of depression or suicide.
The US states of California and New Jersey have banned the practices. But other conservative states such as Oklahoma are considering legislation to protect the therapies from legal challenges.
While the White House is not explicitly calling for congressional legislation to ban the therapies nationwide, Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, welcomed Mr Obama's statement.
"Having President Obama and the weight of the White House behind efforts to ban conversion therapy is so critical in the fight for transgender and LGBT young people," Ms Keisling said.
In the letter posted on Tumblr, Ms Alcorn said she killed herself after years of struggling with her strict Christian parents' refusal to acknowledge her true identity as a female.
She ended her note with a plea: "The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren't treated the way I was... My death needs to mean something. Fix society. Please.”

August 1, 2014

Ex Gay Cure Therapy Four - Say Sorry


Former members of organizations that advocated therapy to “cure" homosexuality have joined LGBT groups in rejecting the concept. 

But in 2010 she began to see things differently. At the time, Schneider did not share her feelings with her colleagues, but that same year, she was let go from her position as the director of the women’s ministry at Exodus International— a leading sexual orientation conversion organization that closed in 2013.
“I realized that no one was actually saying, ‘I’m straight,” she explains, referring to the post-treatment disposition of the Exodus clients she saw. “You can go through years of therapy and what are you left with—shame?”
Schneider, now 48, realized that simply leaving the movement wasn’t enough. On Monday, she officially apologized for her involvement in the anti-gay movement in an open letter published by GLAAD. And on Thursday she joined with eight other former leaders in the ex-gay movement to formally come out against the controversial practice in an open letter and support a widespread ban of the practice on minors.
“We know first-hand the terrible emotional and spiritual damage it can cause, especially for LGBT youth,” reads the letter, published by the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “We once believed that there was something morally wrong and psychologically ‘broken’ about being LGBT. We know better now.”
The former gay conversion leaders, including Schneider, Brad Allen, Darlene Bogle, Michael Bussee, Catherine Chapman, Jeremy Marks, Bill Prickett, Tim Rymel, and John Smid, are joining the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ #BornPerfect movement aimed at expanding state bans on conversion therapy.
“Conversion therapy reinforces internalized homophobia, anxiety, guilt and depression. It leads to self-loathing and emotional and psychological harm when change doesn’t happen,” the letter reads. “We now stand united in our conviction that conversion therapy is not “therapy,” but is instead both ineffective and harmful.
Currently, California and New Jersey are the only two states that have laws in place to ban the practice of using therapy to try to “cure” minors of homosexuality, though a Michigan lawmaker introduced a bill last week that would ban the practice on minors. In fact, the Texas Republican Partyformally endorsed gay conversion treatments in their official platform in June. Yet, the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and most leading professional medical and social science organizations oppose the therapy given its basis in the idea that homosexuality is “curable.”
“The idea that homosexuality is a mental disorder or that the emergence of same-sex attraction and orientation among some adolescents is in anyway abnormal or unhealthy has no support among any mainstream health and mental health professional organizations,” reads an American Psychological Association brochure titled “Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth.”
Michael Bussee, co-founder of Exodus International who has been speaking out against conversion therapy since 1989, says Thursday’s letter was the next step for leaders in the movement after Exodus closed. Now, he says their efforts should be focused on educating the public and ending the practice.
“There will be people who will be understandably upset, leaders can’t undo the harm they caused while they’re a part of these programs,” says Bussee who in 2007 publicly apologized for his work in the movement from 1976 until 1979. “All we can do know is say this harm needs to stop.”  

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