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L.A. legislator, activists say gay conversion therapy still exists
L.A. legislator, activists say gay conversion therapy still exists

In an effort to halt reported abuse at programs claiming to help young people -- such as offering to "fix" gay children -- a state lawmaker and LGBT activists on Friday announced a campaign to regulate the so-called "troubled teen" industry. “Under the veil of religious exemption, some facilities in California and abroad claim to help troubled teens or to ‘cure’ LGBT kids through residential schools, camps or wilderness programs,” said state Sen. Ricardo Lara, who appeared Friday in Hollywood with employees of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. “Many of these facilities have operated without regulation or any type of oversight --...

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