Lesbian college athlete rejected by parents, retains eligibility

So glad this girl’s friends are looking out for her. Shameful that her parents disowned her, but we see that a lot, no matter how much progress is made.

An online fundraiser has grown for a local college student who was cut off by her parents when they found out she was gay.

Webster native Emily Scheck says her parents cut ties in August when they found out she’s in a relationship with a woman.

Scheck, a sophomore at Canisius College in Buffalo, receives a partial scholarship as a Division I cross-country and track athlete. But her parents wanted her to give it all up and go to counseling because she’s gay.

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States Banning Conversion Therapy

So so thrilled to see this as reality!! We don’t need to be “fixed” as there’s nothing wrong with us.

A record number of jurisdictions this year are taking aim at conversion therapy for minors: an attempt to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity through tactics as obvious as hypnosis or as subtle as inducing shame.

Almost 50 bills have been introduced in 24 states targeting conversion therapy, which has been discredited by dozens of medical associations and child-welfare institutions. On Tuesday, 11 of them — including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Counseling Association — released a letter urging states to make such bills a priority.

“Being LGBTQ is not an illness,” said Xavier Persad, legislative counsel for the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ rights advocacy group. “It is false that being LGBTQ is wrong and a disorder.”

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Gay ‘cure’ therapist had sex with patients

FURTHER proof that those who hate LGBT the most are the ones who are deepest in the closet.

Dr Melvyn Iscove, 72, was registered as a psychiatrist with the  College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and claimed to be able to ‘cure’ patients of ‘same-sex attraction’.

However, Dr Iscove – who was described as having a “special interest in the treatment of patients with problems related to homosexuality” – was handed a suspension this week for having sex with patients.

The committee alleged that Iscove,  who believes homosexuality is a “sexual disorder”, engaged in “mutual masturbation and oral sex” with two male patients during sessions, and had anal sex with one male patient.

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Man Tried to Cure Himself of Homosexuality

It’s heartbreaking to know that even adults feel the need to cure themselves of something that isn’t a disease. He’s proof that it’s not the Christian God who hates homosexuals, it’s his followers.

Humans of New York has profiled a man who was subjected to gay ‘cure’ therapy.

At present, it is legal in nearly all US states to attempt to ‘cure’ homosexuality, even though experts say the practice can be deeply harmful.

The state of New York moved to outlaw gay ‘cure’ practises for minors last year, but adults are still free to seek treatment.

Photojournalist blog Humans of New York, which is run by Brandon Stanton, posts daily pictures of everyday people around New York – and attracts a huge following across the internet.

A picture from the blog went viral this week, featuring a man opening up about his relationship with faith and sexuality.

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Internet Rallies Behind Teen Forced to Into Gay Conversion Therapy

It’s unbelievable that this is allowed to happen in this country. It’s despicable. Cruel. Inhuman. Disgusting. Abusive. And just plain WRONG. So so thankful for Jeremy and his mother. True family who are willing to help.

If you wish to donate to help #SaveSarah, this is their GoFundMe page.

Internet users around the world are rallying online to help a 17-year-old Texas teen named Sarah, whose parents sent her to an East Texas Christian boarding facility to “pray away the gay,” according to a GoFundMe campaign run by her cousin Jeremy.

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Anderson Cooper Decimates GOP Rep’s Anti-Gay Argument

I ❤ Anderson Cooper! I can't believe there are idiots who subscribe to this bullshit.

Anderson Cooper battle Texas state representative Bryan Hughes on Wednesday night over his support for gay conversion therapy programs.

The Texas Republican party recently voted to endorse “reparative therapy” in their platform, which now says that “no laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.”

Cooper hosted Hughes for Wednesday’s “Keeping Them Honest” segment, and asked him to respond to medical professionals who have said that conversion therapy is harmful to kids.

Hughes said there is medical literature for both sides of the issue, but Cooper quickly challenged that idea and ticked off organization after organization of doctors who oppose conversion therapy.

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NJ Parents Sue Over Gay Conversion Therapy Ban

Are you f’ing kidding me??? These parents don’t need to be parents anymore. If his parents are successful, I have ZERO hope for the future of this country.

A New Jersey couple is challenging a measure signed into law this past August that prevents licensed therapists from performing gay conversion therapy in the state because they believe their 15-year-old son is gay and needs the controversial treatment.

“[The unnamed teen] has a sincerely held religious belief and conviction that homosexuality is wrong and immoral, and he wanted to address that value conflict because his unwanted same-sex attractions and gender confusion are contrary to the fundamental religious values that he holds,” the lawsuit claims.

Gay conversion therapy, or “reparative therapy,” is a practice that attempts to “convert” people who are sexually attracted to the same sex into heterosexuals. The method has been widely regarded by gay rights activists, psychologists, and patients who have undergone conversion therapy as ineffective and, in some cases, harmful. A 2007 report from the American Psychological Association found that the “results of scientifically valid research indicate that it is unlikely that individuals will be able to reduce same-sex attractions or increase other-sex sexual attractions through [sexual orientation change efforts.”

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