Xtra: Vancouver could become the first city in Canada to ban anti-LGBT conversion therapy

Photo credit: Daniel Tobias/Flickr Creative Commons “The City of Vancouver will soon decide whether or not to ban anti-queer conversion therapy, as recommended by its LGBT advisory committee.” And from October of 2017: “It’s time for Canada to ban anti-gay conversion therapy Only Ontario and Manitoba have taken legal steps to limit the practice” Read […]

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The anti-gay nature of the Alliance Church is a matter of public record

Lately, I’ve had some push back from some folks who doubt that the Alliance Church is anti-gay. I’ve been looking into the issue of harm and hate for so long that I’ve forgotten that some folks don’t simply know the very basic teachings of the church. To some degree, I understand the confusion. Alliance Church […]

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One avenue for research; impact statements

One idea for trying to research the harm done to gay and transgender people who grow up in the Alliance Church is to research folks who have left the church. It’s possible, for instance, to publicize a call out to folks who: grew up in the Alliance Church, and made a choice to leave because […]

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Explaining harm to straight, cis people

Being gay is just as healthy and normal as being straight.1 But amongst some subcultures in America, it’s commonplace to believe otherwise. But even within mainstream culture, straight folks don’t do a very good job of really thinking about the violence, harm and ridicule that gay folks face. Similarly so for the lack of understanding […]

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Assessing harm should be an empirical question

There is widespread agreement in the psychological sciences that homosexuality is normal and healthy. So the question is, how do we develop research to gauge the harms done to folks who are gay, when they’re raised in communities that place moral prohibitions on them and prevent them from behaving in ways that are consistent with […]

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Calling homosexuality a sinful choice is textbook bigotry

When Mary Elizabeth Williams wrote that the “Michigan anti-equality campaign is the last gasp of desperate bigotry” I felt reassured. On my view, if a church chooses to see homosexual behaviour as a sin, that church is anti-gay. And, on my view, being anti-gay is bigotry. Similarly, if a church chooses to see trans people […]

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Working argument for the Harm Hypothesis

In recent conversation with an Alliance Church pastor from Alberta, I made the following formulation of the argument toward the Harm Hypothesis …

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In 1974, homosexuality was removed from the list of mental health disorders

The American Psychiatric Association voted to remove homosexuality from its list of mental health disorders…

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VICE did a documentary on “gay conversion therapy”

VICE documentary on “gay conversion therapy” …

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Kevin Alderson, associate professor of counselling psychology, UofC

Professor of counselling psychology at University of Calgary, says ex-gay movement is a type of “conversion therapy” …

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