All The Medical Organizations Who Think Gay Cure Therapy Is Bulls**t ….


Dr Christian investigated gay cure therapy in “Cure Me, I’m Gay”

As proponents of gay ‘cure’ therapy take to the internet to target vulnerable gay people, we take a look at everyone who has disavowed the practise.

This week, a video promoting gay ‘cure’ therapy to young people received more than 1.5 million views. 

The practise defies not just logic, but also the consensus reached by medical, psychological and therapeutic organisations across the world.

Experts overwhelmingly agree that attempts to cure sexuality are futile, misguided, and often actually harmful.

Attempts to force teens to repress their sexuality has been linked to depression, self-harm and even suicide.

But when presented with a slick, professionally-shot video, it’s easy to forget what the experts actually think.

Here is a very incomplete list of expertorganisations that have disavowed gay ‘cure’ therapy.

The World Psychiatric Association

The international umbrella organisation of psychiatric societies has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It says: “There is no sound scientific evidence that innate sexual orientation can be changed. Furthermore, so-called treatments of homosexuality can create a setting in which prejudice and discrimination flourish, and they can be potentially harmful.

“The provision of any intervention purporting to ‘treat’ something that is not a disorder is wholly unethical.

“WPA considers same-sex attraction, orientation, and behaviour as normal variants of human sexuality. It recognises the multi-factorial causation of human sexuality, orientation, behaviour, and lifestyle. It acknowledges the lack of scientific efficacy of treatments that attempt to change sexual orientation and highlights the harm and adverse effects of such ‘therapies’.”

The American Medical Association

The AMA has disavowed gay cure therapy.

The body “believes that the physician’s nonjudgmental recognition of patients’ sexual orientations, sexual behaviors, and gender identities enhances the ability to render optimal patient care in health as well as in illness.”

A resolution passed by the body “opposes, the use of ‘reparative’ or ‘conversion’ therapy for sexual orientation or gender identity”.

The National Health Service

NHS England and NHS Scotland have both signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK, that disavowed gay cure therapy.

The document prohibits commissioning and referrals to gay cure therapy services.

It says: “The practice of conversion therapy, whether in relation to sexual orientation or gender identity, is unethical and potentially harmful.

“Neither sexual orientation nor gender identity in themselves are indicators of a mental disorder.”

“Organisations that work in the provision of mental or psychological health delivery or commissioning, such as the NHS, will seek to ensure they do not commission or provide conversion therapy.”

The Pan American Health Organization

The US United Nations healthcare body, which covers 35 Member States in the Americas, has disavowed gay cure therapy

It says: “Health professionals who offer ‘reparative therapies; align themselves with social prejudices and reflect a stark ignorance in matters of sexuality and sexual health.

“Contrary to what many people believe or assume, there is no reason – with the exception of the stigma resulting from those very prejudices – why homosexual persons should be unable to enjoy a full and satisfying life. The task of health professionals is to not cause harm and to offer
support to patients to alleviate their complaints and problems, not to make these more severe.

A therapist who classifies non-heterosexual patients as ‘deviant’ not only offends them but also contributes to the aggravation of their problems.

‘Reparative’ or ‘conversion therapies’ have no medical indication and represent a severe threat to the health and human rights of the affected persons. They constitute unjustifiable practices that should be denounced and subject to adequate sanctions and penalties.

The International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses

The ISPN warns that [potential harms] from gay conversion therapy “include anxiety, depression, avoidance of intimacy, sexual dysfunction, PTSD, loss of self-confidence and self-efficacy, shame/guilt, self-destructive behavior, and suicidality.

The body says: “The International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) believes that there is a critical need for increased awareness of and attention to the potential threat that ‘reparative therapy’ poses to the health and well-being of lesbian, gay and bisexual persons.

“The ISPN does not view homosexuality as a mental disorder requiring treatment.

“ISPN supports the education of nurses and health care providers regarding accurate information about sexual orientation. and appropriate therapeutic interventions with this population. Addressing bias or unfounded beliefs about same-gender orientation is imperative. ISPN further supports the education of nurses, other health care providers and the lesbian and gay community on the necessary skills and development of sensitivities needed to appropriately address the professional, ethical and public concerns about ‘reparative or conversion therapies.’

“These therapies have questionable outcomes regarding effectiveness in actually changing a person’s sexual orientation.”

The American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association has disavowed gay cure therapy..

The body “recommends that ethical practitioners refrain from attempts to change individuals’ sexual orientation, keeping in mind the medical dictum to First, do no harm.”

The APA notes that “recent publicized efforts to repathologize homosexuality by claiming that it can be cured are often guided not by rigorous scientific or psychiatric research, but by religious and political forces opposed to full civil rights for gay men and lesbians.”

The Australian Psychological Society

The professional association of psychologists in Australia, which has more than 20,500 members, has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It said: “The APS also strongly opposes any approach to psychological practice or research that attempts to change an individual’s sexual orientation.

“There is no peer-reviewed empirical psychological research objectively documenting the ability to ‘change’ an individual’s sexual orientation.

“Furthermore, there is no peer-reviewed empirical psychological research demonstrating that homosexuality or bisexuality constitutes a disorder. In addition to the lack of empirical support for the claim that sexual orientation can be changed, empirical evidence indicates that attempts at changing sexual orientation can be harmful.”

The Norwegian Psychiatric Association

The association of psychiatrists in Norway has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It said: “Homosexuality is no disorder or illness, and can therefore not be subject to treatment.

“A ‘treatment’ with the only aim of changing sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual must be regarded as ethical malpractice, and has no place in the health system.”

The Brazilian Federal Council of Psychology

Brazil’s federal council became the first to ban the practise in 1999, when it disavowed gay cure therapy.

The body directed: “Psychologists shall not collaborate in events or services offering treatment and cure for homosexuality.

“Psychologists will neither pronounce nor participate in public speeches, in the mass media, reinforcing social prejudice related to homosexuals as pursuing any kind of psychological disorder.”

The Indian Psychiatric Association

The IPS has distanced itself from gay cure therapy.

It said in a statement: “Based on existing scientific evidence and good practice guidelines from the field of psychiatry, Indian Psychiatric Society would like to state that there is no evidence to substantiate the belief that homosexuality is a mental illness or a disease.

“IPS will issue a more detailed statement in due course of time”.

The Lebanese Psychiatric Society

The organisation representing psychiatrists in Lebanon has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It said: “Homosexuality is not a mental disorder and does not need to be treated.

“Homosexuality in itself does not cause any defect in judgment, stability, reliability or social and professional abilities.

“The assumption that homosexuality is a result of disturbances in the family dynamic or unbalanced psychological development is based on wrong information.”

The South African Society of Psychiatrists

The organisation representing psychiatrists in South Africa has disavowed gay cure therapy.

The body states: “There is no scientific evidence that reparative or conversion therapy is effective in changing a person’s sexual orientation.

“There is, however, evidence that this type of therapy can be destructive”

The National Association of School Psychologists

The National Association of School Psychologists, a professional association that represents more than 25,000 school psychologists, graduate students, and related professionals throughout the United States and 25 other countries, has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It says: “We must rely on retrospective studies to understand the dangers of CT because it is unethical for researchers and mental health professionals to provide a treatment that is known to be harmful.

“CT has been shown to worsen internalized homophobia, interrupt healthy identity development, increase depression, anxiety, self-hatred, and self-destructive behaviors, and create mistrust of metal health professionals.”

The American Psychological Association

The largest scientific and professional organization of psychologists in the United States, which has around 117,500 members, has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It has passed a string of policies that state that “psychologists do not consider sexual orientation to be a conscious choice that can be voluntarily changed”.

It adds that “homosexuality is not an illness, does not require treatment, and is not changeable.”

“Contrary to claims of sexual orientation change advocates and practitioners, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of psychological interventions to change sexual orientation,” said Judith M. Glassgold, PsyD.

“Scientifically rigorous older studies in this area found that sexual orientation was unlikely to change due to efforts designed for this purpose. Contrary to the claims of SOCE practitioners and advocates, recent research studies do not provide evidence of sexual orientation change as the research methods are inadequate to determine the effectiveness of these interventions.”

Glassgold added: “At most, certain studies suggested that some individuals learned how to ignore or not act on their homosexual attractions. Yet, these studies did not indicate for whom this was possible, how long it lasted or its long-term mental health effects. Also, this result was much less likely to be true for people who started out only attracted to people of the same sex.”

The American School Counselor Association

The ASCA has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It says: “The professional school counselor works with all students through the stages of identity development and understands this may be more difficult for LGBTQ youth.

“It is not the role of the professional school counselor to attempt to change a student’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Professional school counselors do not support efforts by licensed mental health professionals to change a student’s sexual orientation or gender as these practices have been proven ineffective and harmful (APA, 2009).

“School counselors provide support to LGBTQ students to promote academic achievement and personal/social development. Professional school counselors are committed to the affirmation of all youth regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and work to create safe and affirming schools.”

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

The body representing marriage therapists across the US has disavowed gay cure therapy.

A statement says: “The association does not consider homosexuality a disorder that requires treatment, and as such, we see no basis for such therapy. AAMFT expects its members to practice based on the best research and clinical evidence available.”

The American Counseling Association

The organisation representing licensed professional counselors, counseling students, and other counseling professionals has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It says: “The belief that same-sex attraction and behavior is abnormal and in need of treatment is in opposition to the position taken by national mental health organizations, including ACA.

“ACA opposes portrayals of lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals as mentally ill due to their sexual orientation.

“The ACA Ethics Committee strongly suggests that ethical professional counselors do not refer clients to someone who engages in conversion therapy.”

The body adds that allowing conversion therapy to go ahead without informed consent about its unproven nature “violates the spirit and specifics of the ACA Code of Ethics.”

The National Association of Social Workers

The association for social workers, which has 132,000 members, has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It says: “The increase in media campaigns, often coupled with coercive messages from family and community members, has created an environment in which lesbians and gay men often are pressured to seek reparative or conversion therapies, which cannot and will not change sexual orientation.

“…such treatment potentially can lead to severe emotional damage. Specifically, transformational ministries are fueled by stigmatization of lesbians and gay men, which in turn produces the social climate that pressures some people to seek change in sexual orientation.

“No data demonstrate[s] that reparative or conversion therapies are effective, and in fact they may be harmful.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics

The association that represents 64,000 pediatricians across the US has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It says: “Confusion about sexual orientation is not unusual during adolescence.

“Counseling may be helpful for young people who are uncertain about their sexual orientation or for those who are uncertain about how to express their sexuality and might profit from an attempt at clarification through a counseling or psychotherapeutic initiative.

“[But] therapy directed specifically at changing sexual orientation is contraindicated, since it can provoke guilt and anxiety while having little or no potential for achieving changes in orientation.”

The Canadian Psychological Association

Canada’s leading organisation representing psychologists has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It says: “The Canadian Psychological Association opposes any therapy with the goal of repairing or converting an individual’s sexual orientation, regardless of age. Conversion therapy, or reparative therapy, refers to any formal therapeutic attempt to change the sexual orientation
of bisexual, gay and lesbian individuals to heterosexual.

“Scientific research does not support the efficacy of conversion or reparative therapy.

“Conversion or reparative therapy can result in negative outcomes such as distress, anxiety, depression, negative self-image, a feeling of personal failure, difficulty sustaining relationships, and sexual dysfunction.

“There is no evidence that the negative effects of conversion or reparative therapy counterbalance any distress caused by the social stigma and prejudice these individuals may experience.”

The Public Health Agency of Canada

The public health agency of the Government of Canada has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It said: “A student’s sexual orientation is not a ‘lifestyle’ choice and under no circumstances should a student be counselled to change or attempt to ‘repair’ their sexual orientation.

“These kinds of ‘conversion’ or ‘reparative’ therapies have been criticized and discouraged by the American Psychological Association and by many teacher associations across Canada.

“Clinical research has demonstrated that these approaches are largely ineffective, ignore the impact of social stigmatization on mental health, and in some cases, can be extremely dangerous, particularly for vulnerable youth.

“Instead of attempting to change a student’s sexual orientation, educators, administrators, and health care professionals should focus on helping the youth and their family to develop active coping mechanisms to address issues related to internalized homophobia, stigma, prejudice and discrimination”

The UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UKCP which represents psychotherapists across the UK, has disavowed gay cure therapy.

The UKCP says: “We have campaigned for some years against conversion or ‘reparative’ therapy. We believe that it is an ethical offence for one of our members to offer or conduct such therapy.

“It is exploitative for a psychotherapist to offer treatment that might ‘cure’ or ‘reduce’ same sex attraction as to do so would be offering a treatment for which there is no illness.”

“UKCP, along with 12 other organisations including NHS England, NHS Scotland and the Royal College of GPs, have signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Conversion Therapy in the UK.

“This new MoU makes it clear that conversion therapy in relation to gender identity and sexual orientation is unethical, potentially harmful and is not supported by evidence.”
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

The BACP, a professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy with over 44000 members, has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It says: “The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) is dedicated to social diversity, equality and inclusivity of treatment without discrimination of any kind.

“BACP opposes any psychological treatment such as ‘reparative’ or ‘conversion’ therapy which is based upon the assumption that homosexuality is a mental disorder, or based on the premise that the client/patient should change his/her sexuality.

“BACP recognises the PAHO/WHO (2012) recent position statement that practices such as conversion or reparative therapies ‘have no medical indication and represent a severe threat to the health and human rights of the affected persons’.

“BACP recognises that the diversity of human sexualities is compatible with normal mental health and social adjustment.

“BACP believes that socially inclusive, non-judgemental attitudes to people who identify across the diverse range of human sexualities will have positive consequences for those individuals, as well as for the wider society in which they live.

“There is no scientific, rational or ethical reason to treat people who identify within a range of human sexualities any differently from those who identify solely as heterosexual.”

The British Psychological Society

The BPS, the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK, has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It says: “The BPS believes that people of same-sex sexual orientations should be regarded as equal members of society with the same rights and
responsibilities.

“This includes freedom from harassment or discrimination in any sphere, and a right to protection from therapies that are potentially damaging, particularly those that purport to change or ‘convert’ sexual orientation.

“The BPS believes that people of all genders and identities should be regarded as equal members of society and protected from potentially damaging therapies and pathologising “

“Recent publicised efforts to repathologise homosexuality by claiming that it can be ‘cured’ are rarely guided by rigorous scientific or psychological research, but often by religious and political forces opposed to full civil rights for people of same-sex sexual orientations.

“In recent years, noted proponents of ‘reparative’ therapy have integrated older psychoanalytic theories that pathologise homosexuality with traditional religious beliefs condemning homosexuality.”

The British Psychoanalytic Council

The professional association representing psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It said: “The British Psychoanalytic Council opposes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. It does not accept that a homosexual orientation is evidence of disturbance of the mind or in development.

“In psychoanalytic psychotherapy, it is the quality of people’s relationships which are explored, whether they are heterosexual or homosexual.

“There must be no discrimination in the selection or progression of those who wish to train, who are training and who train others in psychoanalytically‐informed practice.

“Aptitude for psychoanalytic work, from the selection of candidates to the appointment of training and supervising analyst or therapist roles, is assessed across many areas and not on the basis of sexual orientation.”

The Royal College of Psychiatrists

The UK’s professional body responsible for education and training, and setting and raising standards in psychiatry has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It says: “The College holds the view that lesbian, gay and bisexual people are and should be regarded as valued members of society, who have exactly similar rights and responsibilities as all other citizens.

“This includes equal access to healthcare, the rights and responsibilities involved in a civil partnership/marriage, the rights and responsibilities involved in procreating and bringing up children, freedom to practise a religion as a lay person or religious leader, freedom from harassment or discrimination in any sphere and a right to protection from therapies that are potentially damaging, particularly those that purport to change sexual orientation.

“Leading therapy organisations across the world have published statements warning of the ineffectiveness of treatments to change sexual orientation, their potential for harm and their influence in stigmatising lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

“The College believes strongly in evidence-based treatment. There is no sound scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Systematic reviews carried out by both the APA and Serovich et al suggest that studies which have shown conversion therapies to be successful are seriously methodologically flawed.

“Furthermore, so-called treatments of homosexuality can create a setting in which prejudice and discrimination flourish, and there is evidence that they are potentially harmful.

“The College considers that the provision of any intervention purporting to ‘treat’ something which is not a disorder is wholly unethical.

“The College would not support a therapy for converting people from homosexuality any more than we would do so from heterosexuality.”

The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP, an interest group for people involved in the practice and theory of behaviour therapy, has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK.

The document prohibits commissioning and referrals to gay cure therpay services.

It says: “The practice of conversion therapy, whether in relation to sexual orientation or gender identity, is unethical and potentially harmful.

“Neither sexual orientation nor gender identity in themselves are indicators of a mental disorder.”

The Association of Christian Counsellors

The ACC, a professional body set up to represent Christian counsellors and facilitate quality counselling across the UK, has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It said: “There are certain guiding principles arising from ACC Ethics and Practice framework. These guiding principles apply when deciding what is appropriate in practice or for any therapeutic model.

“We have considered Reparative (or Conversion) Therapy by these principles and have decided that it does not fit the above criteria for the following reasons.

“(i) Its language implies that sexuality can be ‘repaired’ and so introduces the idea of treatment or cure.

“(ii) Where it is proposed, advertised, or practiced as a therapy, it suggests that a specific outcome is possible and appears to make an a-priori assumption that it should happen. This would not fit any of the above guiding principles.

“(iii) It is incompatible with the Equality Act 2010.”

It adds: “”We do not endorse Reparative or Conversion Therapy or any model that implies a predetermined direction of outcome of counselling at the outset.

“We recognize that such models have the potential to impose situational demands on the client at a time of vulnerability with the potential to create harm and therefore view them as incompatible within the ethos of counselling.

“Members who are considering using this model of therapy should neither commence nor continue to use it and any advertising or promotional material should be replaced immediately, or at least removed from current use.

“We recognize that this is not the view of some of our members but in the interests of public safety we have decided to make clear what is expected by those who choose to be part of ACC. “

The National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society, which accredits counsellors, psychotherapists, hypnotherapists and psychologists across the UK, has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It said: “We wish to state that the practice of conversion therapy has no place in the modern world. It is unethical and harmful and not supported by evidence.

Sexual orientations and gender identities are not mental health disorders, although exclusion, stigma and prejudice may precipitate mental health issues for any person subjected to these abuses.

“Anyone accessing therapeutic help should be able to do so without fear of judgement or the threat of being pressured to change a fundamental aspect of who they are.”

Dr Chris Forester, Chair of the NCS states “I am delighted that the NCS has been involved in drafting this statement.

“We fully support the endeavours of organisations such as Pink Therapy and Stonewall to ensure that issues of equality and diversity are fully addressed by the counselling and psychotherapy profession.

“We continue to welcome expertise from these organisations, as well as our own members, to ensure that our own policies and practices reflect and protect equality and diversity in the best possible way.”

The American Academy of Physician Assistants

The organisation representing 104,000 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It says: “The American Academy of Physician Assistants opposes any psychiatric treatment directed specifically at changing sexual orientation, such as ‘conversion’ or ‘reparative’ therapy which is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder or based upon the a priori assumption that the patient should change his/her sexual orientation.”

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists

The organisation for to sexuality educators, sexuality counselors and sex therapists has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It says: “AASECT takes the position that having a non-heterosexual sexual orientation, that being transgender and that being gender non-conforming, are not mental disorders.

“We oppose any ‘reparative’ or conversion therapy that seeks to ‘change’ or ‘fix’ a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

“AASECT does not believe that non-heterosexual sexual orientation or being transgender or gender non-conforming is something that needs to be ‘fixed’ or ‘changed.’

“Reparative therapy (for minors, in particular) is often forced or non-consensual. Reparative therapy has been proven harmful to minors.

“There is no scientific evidence supporting the success of these interventions. Reparative therapy has been shown to be a negative predictor of psychotherapeutic benefit.”

The American Federation of Teachers

The labour union that represents 1.5 million teachers across the US has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It endorsed the findings of the Just The Facts Coalition, which wrote that such therapies “have serious potential to harm young people because they present the view that the sexual orientation of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth is a mental illness or disorder, and they often frame the inability to change one’s sexual orientation as a personal and moral failure.

“The nation’s leading professional medical, health, and mental health organizations do not support efforts to change young people’s sexual orientation through therapy and have raised serious concerns about the potential harm from such efforts.

American College of Physicians

The ACP, which represents 148,000 physicians across the US, has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It says: “Available research does not support the use of reparative therapy as an effective method in the treatment of LGBT persons.

“Evidence shows that the practice may actually cause emotional or physical harm to LGBT individuals, particularly adolescents or young persons.

“Research done at San Francisco State University on the effect of familial attitudes and acceptance found that LGBT youth who were rejected by their families because of their identity were more likely than their LGBT peers who were not rejected or only mildly rejected by their families to attempt suicide, report high levels of depression, use illegal drugs, or be at risk for HIV and sexually transmitted illnesses.

“[Research has found that] reparative therapy is associated with the loss of sexual feeling, depression, anxiety, and suicidality.”

The American Bar Association

The association which represents nearly half a million lawyers across the US, has disavowed gay cure therapy.

It says: “The American Bar Association recognizes that lesbian, gay, bisexual, 2 transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people have the right to be free from attempts to change their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“The American Bar Association urges all federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments to enact laws that prohibit state-licensed professionals from using conversion therapy on minors.

“The American Bar Association urges all federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments to protect minors, particularly minors in their care, from being subjected to conversion therapy by state-licensed professionals.”

The Church of England

The vast majority of conversion therapy practitioners in the West claim they can ‘cure’ people in the name of religion – but the Church has disavowed gay cure therapy.

The Church’s General Synod passed a motion which notes: “Conversion therapy is condemned by professionals as being harmful to LGBT people as it is based on a misguided belief that being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is wrong.

“This leads to increased mental health problems for LGBT community due to stigmatisation.

“Given that many practitioners are non-medically trained religious leaders, it is imperative that the Church of England is unequivocal in its condemnation of such harmful practices.”

…and a ton of politicians

Movements to ban gay cure therapy have led to the practise being outlawed in a number of countries, states and regions across the world.

Lawmakers in Malta and Swizerland have banned the practise, which has also been banned for minors in nine US states: New Jersey, California, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Nevada, plus the District of Columbia.

Nick Duffy – Pink News

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TV Writer Ryan Murphy: My Dad “Beat Me Bloody With A Belt” When I Came Out….

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 30: Producer Ryan Murphy attends Entertainment Weekly’s Popfest at The Reef on October 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Television writer Ryan Murphy talked about how his personal life affected his new series, Pose, with the Television Critics Association.

Pose is a series about New York City‘s ballroom culture in the 1980’s. The show will make history with the largest cast of transgender actors in regular roles for a series.

Describing a scene where “a father finds out his son is gay and beats him bloody with a belt,” Murphy said, “That happened to me.”

“That was my coming out experience with my father,” he said. “He’s dead now.”

Murphy said that the casting of the show was emotionally fulfilling.

“My job was to ask questions,” he said. “I was constantly corrected by these wonderful people. I don’t have a lot of people who tell me no. I was told no 50,000 times a day.”

Speaking of the casting of transgender actors, Murphy said it was “wonderful” to tell actors “who never thought they would fit in the room or be allowed in the room, ‘No, you are in the room now.’”

He said that he feels a responsibility to help transgender people because of the fast progress on gay rights made in the last several decades.

“I can’t believe my life and can’t believe that things have changed so radically in my lifetime,” he told reporters, saying that he wants to support “people who still don’t feel included.”

The first season of the series will debut this summer on FX with eight episodes.

Alex Bollinger – LGBTQ Nation

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LGBTQ History Can Be Found In Everyone’s Past….

The histories of people with same-sex desires and gender non-conformers and transformers are filled with incredible pain and enormous pride, of overwhelming repression and victorious rejoicing, of stifling invisibility and dazzling illumination. Throughout the ages, homosexuality, bisexuality, and gender non-conformity have been called many things: from “sins,” “sicknesses,” and “crimes,” to “orientations,” “identities,” and even “gifts from God.”

Though same-sex sexuality and gender non-conformity has probably always existed in human and most non-human species, the concept of “homosexuality,” “bisexuality,” and “transgender” identities, in fact, sexual orientation in general and the construction of an identity and sense of community based on these identities is a relatively modern Western invention.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, transgender, intersex, queer (LGBATIQ) people, as is still often the case for many other minoritized communities, grow up in a society without an historical context in which to project their lives. They are weaned on the notion that they have no culture and no history.

In the famous words of African American social activist Marcus Garvey: “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.”

The lives, stories, and histories of LGBATIQ people have been intentionally hidden by socially dominant individuals and groups through neglect, deletions, erasures, omissions, bans, censorship, distortions, alterations, trivialization, change of pronouns signifying gender, and by other unauthorized means.

Examples of these erasures abound. Historian John Boswell cites an example of censorship in a manuscript of The Art of Love by the Roman author Ovid. A phrase that originally read, “A boy’s love appealed to me less” (Hoc est quod pueri tanger amore minus) was altered by a Medieval “moralist” to read, “A boy’s love appealed to me not at all” (Hoc est quod pueri tanger amore nihil). In addition, an editor’s note that appeared in the margin informed the reader, “Thus you may be sure that Ovid was not a sodomite” (Ex hos nota quod Ovidius non fuerit Sodomita).

One of the first instances of an unauthorized changing of pronouns signifying gender occurred when, according to Boswell: “Michelangelo’s grandnephew employed this means to render his uncle’s sonnets more acceptable to the public.”

We know about the figure of Sappho and her famed young women’s school on the Isle of Lesbos around the year 580 BCE, where we find the earliest known writings of love poems between women, and other important writings. Unfortunately, only one complete poem and several poem fragments survived for us today after centuries of the Catholic church’s concerted effort to extinguish the works of these extraordinary women.

An order in 380 CE of St. Gregory of Nazianzus demanded the torching of Sappho’s poetry, and the remaining manuscripts were ordered by Papal Decree in 1073 CE to be destroyed.

Throughout the world, on university and grade school campuses, in the workplace, in communities, homes and in the media, issues of sexual identity and gender identity and expression are increasingly “coming out of the closet.” We see young people developing positive identities at earlier ages than ever before. Activists are gaining selective electoral and legislative victories.

October is now Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) History Month. It originated when, in 1994, Rodney Wilson, a high school teacher in Missouri, had the idea that a month was needed dedicated to commemorating and teaching this history since it has been perennially excluded in the schools. He worked with other teachers and community leaders, and they chose October since public schools are in session, and National Coming Out Day already fell on October 11.

Schools are conducting educational efforts around several special events, for example:

National Day of Silence: a day in mid-April each year when students across the nation take a vow of silence to call attention to the epidemic of oppressive name calling, harassment, and violence perpetrated against LGBATIQ students in schools and in the larger society.

National Coming Out Day: October 11 each year in the U.S., October 12 in the United Kingdom, set aside to take further steps in “coming out of the closet” of denial and fear around issues of sexual and gender identity as a personal and community-wide effort to raise awareness.

National LGBT History Month: Originally proposed in 1994 by Missouri High School teacher, Rodney Wilson, it has become a nationally-recognized observance of LGBT history (October in the United States, February in the United Kingdom).

Bisexuality Day: September 23 to commemorate bisexual awareness and the accomplishments of bisexual people.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: November 20 to commemorate the estimated one person killed every 2-3 days somewhere in the world for expressing gender nonconformity.

No Name Calling Week: Based on an idea proposed in the best-selling young adult novel, The Misfits by James Howe, in which four seventh grade friends suffer the daily effects of insults and taunts.

National Gay/Straight Alliance Day: January 25 meant to strengthen the bond between LGBATIQ people and straight allies, and, in particular, to recognize and honor gay/straight alliances (GSAs), which work to educate peers in stopping heterosexism and cissexism in schools and colleges.

National LGBATIQ/Queer Pride Month: June each year when members of gay/straight alliances join in annual pride marches and other festivities throughout the month in their local communities throughout the country.

Lavender Graduation: Annual ceremony on campuses to honor LGBATIQ and ally students to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to their colleges, universities, and high schools. Created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish lesbian who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her birth children because of her sexual identity. Encouraged by the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan, Dr. Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995 with 3 graduates.

The California legislature passed, and Governor Jerry Brown signed into law in 2011, SB48, the first in the nation statute requiring the state Board of Education and local school districts to adopt textbooks and other educational materials in social studies courses that include contributions of LGBATIQ people. Other states are following this emerging and important trend.

Primarily in academic environments, greater emphasis and discussion is centering on what has come to be called “queer theory” (an area of critical theory), where writers, educators, and students analyze and challenge current notions and categories of sexuality and gender constructions.

For LGBATIQ people and allies, this information can underscore the fact that their feelings and desires are in no way unique, and that others like themselves lead happy and productive lives. This in turn can spare them years of needless alienation, denial, and suffering.

For heterosexual people, this can provide the basis for appreciation of human diversity and help to interrupt the chain of bullying and harassment toward people based on sexual identity and gender identity. For all students, this content area has the potential to further engage students in the learning process from multiple perspectives.

California was also the first state to ban so-called “reparative” or “conversion therapy” in August 2012; it is a cruel and oppressive pseudo-therapy intended to change a client from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual, or transgender to cisgender.

Though the inclusion of LGBATIQ history we have seen so far has established a good beginning, we see it as only a beginning, as only a meager supplementary or additive measure of history that belongs to everyone regardless of sexual and gender identities and expressions.

In actuality, LGBATIQ history must be viewed as a historical canon that transforms and infuses the curriculum, one that needs to be taught and studied all year, every year, age-appropriately across the academic and non-academic disciplines – pre-kindergarten through university graduate studies.

We are increasingly seeing an emphasis within the schools on issues related to bullying and harassment prevention. Current prevention strategies include investigation of issues of abuse and unequal power relationships, issues of school climate and school culture, and how these issues within the larger society are reproduced in the schools, among other concerns.

Often missing from these strategies, however, are multicultural curricular infusion. Unfortunately, today educators still require some amount of courage to counter opposing forces.

For LGBATIQ violence- and suicide-prevention strategies to have any chance of success, in addition to the establishment and maintenance of campus GSA groups, on-going staff development, written and enforced anti-discrimination policies, and support services, schools must incorporate and embed into the curriculum multicultural perspectives, age appropriately from preschool through university graduate-level courses, from the social sciences and humanities, through the natural sciences and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

LGBATIQ experiences stand as integral strands in the overall multicultural rainbow, and everyone has a right to information that clarifies and explains these stories.

Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld – LGBTQ Nation

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