Gay cure ad removed from Facebook

A US-based evangelical group, Anchored North, has been using Facebook to target gay people who were interested in ‘Gay Pride’ with online ads promoting gay ‘cures.’ The ad quickly amassed more than 200,000 views until it was removed.

A Facebook spokesperson said: “This ad violates our advertising policies, and has been removed.” Facebook’s policies restrict against illegal content and must not contain discriminatory material based on sxual orientation or gender identity.

Facebook users whould watch for this type of content and always report it.

Malaysia wants to change us

Malaysia’s Government has endorsed gay conversion therapy after federal authorities claimed sexual orientation can be changed with extensive training.

A video produced by a Malaysian government department explains how Muslims can change their approach to the gay community so that it does not promote hate against a minority.

The video has sparked anger for its suggestion that sexuality can be “cured”.

In Malaysia, LGBT rights are largely unrecognised; sodomy remains a criminal activity under British Empire colonial era law.

Thinking of a holiday there? Perhaps somewhere else would be more appropriate.

Well done Malta!

Malta‘s human rights commission has hailed the island’s parliament’s decision to ban gay conversion therapy, with Malta becoming the first country in the world to do so.

On Monday they voted to criminalize any medical professional found guilty of prescribing the so-called “gay cure” or any practice that seeks to change gender identity.

The new ban will see anyone found guilty fined up to 4,600 euros, or even jailed for up to five years in the most serious cases.

The amendments to Malta‘s Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act will also allow 16-year-olds to independently request a change in their gender on their identity documents.

Malta is one of the most progressive places in the world for LGBT rights.

Pastor sent packing

A speaking engagement in Galashiels, Scotland by South African preacher Angus Buchan, who believes homosexuality can be “cured” by prayer, has been cancelled. Buchan was due to address an audience next Monday evening as the guest of the Tweedbank-based evangelical Hope Church.

The £5-a-head event was to have been the 69-year-old’s only Scottish appearance on a tour of the UK and Ireland. Following a plea from the Scottish Borders LGBT Equality Forum, Live Borders, the trust which runs public halls on behalf of Scottish Borders Council, cancelled the booking.

Same old lies again

South African preacher Angus Buchan claims that homosexuality can be cured through prayer. He is due to appear in Northern Ireland later this month, an event which is expected to attract an audience of 3,000 people.

John O’Doherty of the Rainbow Project is campaigning to have the visit cancelled.

Homosexuality can not be cured.

Plan to rescue gay teenager from gay cure centre

Actor Jeremy Jordan’s 17-year-old cousin Sarah was sent by her parents to “pray away the gay” at a Christian camp in Texas. Her parents “believe that homosexuality is a sin and abnormal” and “sent Sarah away against her will to an East Texas Christian boarding facility for troubled teens.”

Jordan posted pictures of Sarah with her girlfriend. Sarah’s parents sent her to the religious camp because she wanted to go to prom with the other girl, according to the fund-raising page, which said staff at the facility caught Sarah trying to escape. The page had drawn over $41,000 in donation towards Sarah’s legal expenses by yesterday afternoon.