As reported on this blog and elsewhere, the ex-gay industry operates a number of “camps” or “clinics” in Ecuador, where lesbians undergo rape and torture, many of them put there by their parents. Credo and Change.org circulated petitions; the latter site garnered 100,000 signatures, pressuring Ecuador’s Ministry of Health into agreeing to meet with LGBT activists and work on shutting these camps down for good.

Hooray for social media and for sunlight as disinfectant, and hooray for the brave women who told us what it was like in those places, at great personal risk.