Last week, California banned the use of sexuality-conversion therapy, and became the first state in the country to do so. Although the decision was heralded as a milestone in gay rights activism, many also warned that it was simply a first step in the right direction. After all, as we learned through Bernadette Barton’s newly released Pray the Gay Away, the practice of, well, praying the gay away is no stranger in Bible Belt states, where Christian beliefs trump all, and gay rights often lag behind. Here, Bernadette tells us why it’s important to embrace equal rights for all—and why we’ll all benefit from doing so.
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