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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Hospitals are Making Strides for More Inclusive LGBT Healthcare

The government certainly doesn’t care about the LGBT community, so it’s nice to see some hospitals taking the initiative themselves. I told my old GP that I’m a lesbian and she was totally cool with it. Switched to a different GP, but haven’t told her yet. I remember visiting a Walgreens clinic a few years ago and when the doctor asked me if I needed the pill, I laughed and assured her that would never be necessary. She asked how I was so sure and, not knowing how else to say it (it was my first time revealing my sexuality to a physician), I said, “I’m the ‘L’ in LGBT.” She had no idea what I meant, soooo I had to spell it out.

Health care facilities across the U.S. are making “tremendous strides” toward LGBTQ-inclusive care, according to a new report by national LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.

The organization’s annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), now in its 11th year, found “remarkable progress” in areas including transgender-specific policies for patients, transgender-inclusive benefits for employees and LGBTQ-patient-care training for staff.

“This year has ushered in a new high watermark in LGBTQ inclusion in health care,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement.

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HRC Benefits from Inaugural Cake

This is the best news yet to come out of this travesty of an election…

The cake seemed to originally find offense with the baker of President Obama’s inauguration cake back in 2012. Duff Goldman has appeared on the Food Network with some of his creations. But rather than taking credit for the cake that wasn’t theirs, the new bakery – Buttercream Bakeshop – was commissioned to recreate Goldman’s cake. They then donated all profits from their efforts to the Human Rights Campaign. Because we all know that the new VP hates lgbt citizens.

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New Regime Leadership: Jeff Sessions

I think I’m going to start a new series which I hope you all will contribute to as we fall into lives under a new regime. I admit I don’t go searching for news. I mainly post what I come across on Facebook or the handful of news sites I look at. So if you know of others that might fall under this New Regime Leadership series, please please share.

The man President-elect Donald Trump has nominated as his attorney general pick is a vocal opponent on issues like same-sex marriage and federal hate-crimes legislation, raising concerns among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community,

“It is deeply disturbing that Jeff Sessions, who has such clear animus against so many Americans — including the LGBTQ community, women and people of color — could be charged with running the very system of justice designed to protect them,” Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, said in a statement.

“When Donald Trump was elected, he promised to be president for all Americans, and it is hugely concerning and telling that he would choose a man so consistently opposed to equality as one of his first — and most important — cabinet appointees,” Griffin added.

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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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