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    Tuesday
    Nov272012

    Gay Men Sue Counselors Who Promised to Make Them Straight

    By Alan Duke, CNN - November 27, 2012

    Before Sheldon Bruck told his orthodox Jewish parents he was gay, the teenager looked for a way out of homosexuality.

    His search led him to JONAH -- Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing -- which claimed on its website to help people "struggling with unwanted same-sex sexual attractions."

    JONAH co-director Arthur Goldberg promised Bruck, then 17, that "JONAH could help him change his orientation from gay to straight," according to a consumer fraud lawsuit filed Tuesday against JONAH, Goldberg and a JONAH counselor. [Read Full Story]

    Wednesday
    Oct242012

    Conservative Jewish School Drops Boy Scouts Over Policy on Gays

    By Johanna Ginsberg, New Jersey Jewish News - October 24, 2012

    Golda Och Academy has announced that it will not renew its Boy Scout charter for 2013 because of the national Scouting organization’s policy excluding gay and lesbian adults from leadership positions.

    The Conservative Jewish day school in West Orange is the charter organization for Boy Scout Troop 118, started in 1995, and Boy Scout Pack 118 for younger boys, started a few years earlier. [Read Full Story]

    Monday
    Feb132012

    Chemical Castration for Gay Jews Promoted By Radical Orthodox Rabbi

    By Wayne Besen, Truth Wins Out - February 13, 2012

    A Brooklyn Rabbi, Yehuda Levin, wrote that gay men should consider chemical castration “as you do with cancer” to stop their same-sex feelings. Levin made his comments in a Letter to the Editorin response to a groundbreaking op-ed written in the Jewish Press by Chaim Levin. (No relation). The op-ed was important because it was the first time that this conservative publication published a column written from the perspective of an openly gay former Orthodox Jew.

    “As you do with cancer, you never stop trying to find a better treatment to cure yourself,” wrote Rabbi Yehuda Levin in hisJewish Press letter. “If all therapies fail, as a last resort you use chemicals to stop the urge to act in a forbidden manner. (This resolution is ordered by European courts for offenders and it works.) Unpleasant, surely; but better than committing adultery, homosexuality or incest.”  [Read Full Story]

    Sunday
    Feb122012

    Rabbis laud 'conversion therapy' doc

    By Kobi Nahshoni, Israel Jewish Scene - February 12, 2012

    Religious leaders dealing with issue of religious homosexuals welcome Psychological Association's conclusions, which warn against reparative therapy but do not rule it out completely.

    Rabbis, therapists and religious homosexuals have welcomed conclusions published by the Israeli Psychological Association on "conversion therapy", defining the document as "good news".

    According to the religious leaders, the important thing is the fact that the committee believes a patient should be presented with the existing knowledge, which warns against reparative therapy, but that the possibility to change a person's sexual orientation should not be ruled out completely.

    Wednesday
    Jan252012

    Surviving Bullying, Silencing And Torment For Being Gay In The Frum Community

    By Chaim Levin, The Jewish Press.com - January 25, 2012

    It’s been more than six months since The Jewish Press published an op-ed titled “Orthodox Homosexuals and the Pursuit of Self Indulgence.” In the article, the writer, while not mentioning my name, calls me shameless and self-indulgent and suggests that I learn to suffer in silence.

    He was referring to an anti-suicide video I made for the “It Gets Better” project. In the YouTube video I talk about the endless bullying in my childhood, the trauma of reparative therapy and my suicide attempt as a result of a frum community that seemed to not want me to exist simply because I was gay. [Read Full Story]

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