Pulse Gay Club Shooting Survivors Meet Parkland School Shooting Survivors….

Parkland survivors and Pulse survivors

Survivors from two Florida mass shootings had a poignant meeting this week.

Forty-nine people died at Orlando’s Pulse gay club during a horrific mass shooting in June 2016, when a gunman opened fire at the crowd. At the time it was the most deadly mass shooting in recent US history, though it has since been surpassed. 

Survivors of the Pulse massacre this week met with students and families from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people died following a mass shooting last month.

The group of Parkland survivors met with the Pulse survivors during a stop in Orlando, on their journey back to Parkland following speaking engagements.

The two groups stood together as the names of the 66 victims of both mass shootings were read aloud, before the Parkland survivors hung 49 white roses – one for each of the Pulse victims – from the fence surrounding the Pulse site.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

Pulse survivors wore shirts that bore the slogan ‘We Will Not Let Hate Win’, while Parkland survivors wore shirts that read ‘Kids First, Politics Second’.

One Pulse survivor said: “We’re here to open our arms and welcome them with love.”

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said: “We share their grief and their concern. Two years ago, the entire world reached out to us in here in Orlando with thoughts and prayers. We want to pay that back as much as we can.”

Dyer said he supported gun control, telling the Orlando Sentinel: “If the shooter in the case in Parkland had not been able to purchase that weapon during the course of the last two years, he could not have carried out the act that he did.

“I do support a ban on assault weapons moving forward.”

Construction on a temporary memorial at the Pulse site is underway.

Donald Trump recently claimed the Pulse shooting could have been prevented if more people inside the nightclub had guns.

Trump claimed: “98 percent of all mass shootings in the United States, since 1950, have taken place in gun-free zones, where guns were not inside the school or, as an example, you take the Pulse Nightclub.

“You had one person in that room that could carry a gun and knew how to use it, it wouldn’t have happened.

“Certainly not to the extent it did, where he was just in there shooting and shooting and shooting. And they were defenseless. Just remember that.”

The claim that no-one at the Pulse club was armed is false.

GLAAD noted: “Orlando police officer Adam Gruler was armed and working security at Pulse that night and went into action to stop the gunman. “

Gruler exchange fire with the gunman at the Pulse shooting, but retreated to call backup when the shooter took hostages.

Trump previously suggested that people going to the club for a night out should have had guns with them.

Speaking at a campaign rally after the shooting, he said: “If some of those great people that were in that club that night had guns strapped to their waist or strapped to their ankle, and if the bullets were going in the other direction, aimed at this guy who was just open target practice, you would’ve had a situation folks, which would have been always horrible, but nothing like the carnage that we all as a people suffered this weekend.”

GLAAD laid into the President for the “lies” about the incident.

The group said: “Donald Trump is continuing to spread lies about the Pulse nightclub shooting and spouting NRA talking points instead of fighting for gun reform that would actually protect marginalized communities that are most targeted by gun violence.”

In the wake of the Parkland shooting Emma González, the President of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, has earned a mass following for her outspoken views on gun control.

González took on the NRA’s Dana Loesch at a CNN townhall on gun control last week.

Addressing Loesch, who has two kids, she said: “I want you to know that we will support your two children in the way that you will not.”

“The shooter at our school obtained weapons that he used on us legally. Do you believe that it should be harder to obtain the semi-automatic and weapons and the modifications for these weapons to make them fully automatic like bump stocks?”

Loesch did not directly answer the question. The NRA continues to oppose such legislation.

Cameron Kasky, a senior at the school, recently told CNN host Anderson Cooper – who was also on the ground in Florida after the Orlando massacre – that the time for meaningless words was over.

He said: “There’s a section of this society that will just shrug this off and send their thoughts and prayers, but will march for hours when they have to bake a rainbow wedding cake.”

Kasky was referring to the case currently in the US Supreme Court of Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple.

He continued: “Everything I’ve heard where ‘We can’t do anything’ and ‘It’s out of our hands, it’s inevitable’ – I think that’s a facade that the GOP is putting up.

“I think that’s what they want us to think. I think that after every shooting, the NRA sends them a memo saying: ‘Send your thoughts and prayers, say let’s not talk about it now, say this happens.’

“This is the only country where this kind of thing happens. I’ve been hearing things from people; they don’t have gun drills the way we do.

“We had to prepare extensively at Stoneman Douglas, and that shocked people. This is something that can be stopped, and this is something that will be stopped.”

The student attacked Republican representatives like anti-LGBT US Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Rick Scott, who he said appeared to be “the only people who don’t care”.

“This is the time to talk about guns,” he said.

Cameron Kasky

“Thoughts and prayers are appreciated… but there’s much more that can be done, much more that needs to be done, and much more that people like Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are not doing.

“And it’s scary to think that these are the people who are making our laws, when our community just took 17 bullets to the heart.

“And it feels like the only people who don’t care are the people making the laws,” he added.

He also paid tribute to security guards and staff at the school, including one – football coach Aaron Feis – who gave their life to save students.

Nick Duffy – Pink News

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Shedding Light On Eating Disorders In The LGBT Community….

Eating disorders only affect straight, white, teenage girls.

Well, that’s the stereotype that most people buy into, delaying diagnosis in males, older people, and the LGBT community.

“It’s definitely a misconception,” said Myra Hendley, a program therapist at the Eating Recovery Center of the Carolinas in Greenville, South Carolina.

“That’s not to say that body isn’t a huge part of eating disorder, but it could be anxiety driven or some kind of control mechanism … people don’t just say ‘Oh, I’d like to be skinnier’ and then develop anorexia. There’s something playing into that.”

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), LGBT people can have a predisposition to eating disorders because of the stress of not being accepted by their families and peers, fear of coming out, discrimination, and violence. In transgender people, it can be exacerbated with body image issues.

Unfortunately, not much research has been done on the prevalence of eating disorders in LGBT people. What is known is that LGBT people have a higher risk of binge-eating and purging (overeating followed by self-induced vomiting and other means of ridding their body of the food) than their straight peers.

Also, gay and bisexual boys were “more likely to have fasted, vomited, or taken laxatives or diet pills to control their weight,” according to NEDA, and gay men were “seven times more likely to report binging and 12 times more likely to report purging than heterosexual males.”

“I’m not ever surprised when I see a man with an eating disorder and he’s gay,” Hendley said of her patients.

Known as a safe place to talk about their sexuality and gender identity, she said about half of her patients talk to her about their sexuality and 30 percent come out to her during sessions. In talking about the roots of their disorder, many say that it stemmed from their family not accepting them, followed by trauma.

But not all places are LGBT friendly, as Megan Cuilla, who is genderqueer and uses their/they/them pronouns, discovered in their recovery process. Their anorexia began when they were 9 years old, but it wasn’t until they were 30 that they accepted it and sought treatment. At one center, therapists would walk into the room and proclaim, “hello ladies!” and refused to accept Cuilla’s pronouns as “they” and “them.”

“A lot of the time, we don’t get help because we’re worried there won’t be a safe place,” they said.

At the Eating Recovery Center of Washington, therapists helped them identify that they were genderqueer, a huge breakthrough in recovery, as well as the roots of the disorder. At 9, Cuilla got braces and remembers the pain of eating and the restrictions placed on them. A growing fear of food, coupled with emetophobia (a fear of vomiting) they lost enough weight to scare “everybody around me.”

Still, through their teens, Cuilla was never diagnosed and would adamantly deny they had a problem if someone brought it up. Finally, in 2012, they faced the fact that they had an eating disorder and went to therapy. There, they put a name to their feelings of being genderqueer and an avoidance of looking feminine. This was difficult when Cuilla started to put weight back on.

“When I started gaining weight, my body became stereotypically feminine and I struggled with that,” they said.

Like recovery of any kind, it didn’t happen overnight for Cuilla, and they went in and out until finally they were discharged in 2016. Today, they’ve been married to their husband for 10 years and are in a “happy, healthy place in my life now.”

Cuilla’s experience of not being diagnosed for years is a common experience. Because parents are more vigilant in finding eating disorders in young girls, it is identified early, especially today, whereas young boys are brought in when it’s they’re “a step away from the hospital,” Hendley said.

This was the case for Eric Dorsa, who remembers first having issues with food when he was only 8 years old, but it wasn’t until he was 18 that he confronted his eating disorder head-on and went to a recovery center.

“I grew up in a very middle class neighborhood, though there was a lot of dysfunction in my home and I grew up in a very religious and conservative home,” he said of growing up in San Antonio. “Having a boy such as myself often didn’t go very well … [I remember] feeling very aware that I was different, that something about me didn’t fit in with the other boys in my neighborhood and school. Especially in my home.”

The second of six children — five boys, “I grew up thinking, what’s wrong with me? Why am I not like my brothers? Why am I not like these other boys?”

Dorsa came out as gay at 18, then gave up athletic and academic college scholarships to go to the Eating Recovery Center in Texas. There, he learned anorexia and bulimia was a result of him trying to control his body in a chaotic world. He would binge on food when he was alone, and when his mother became concerned, she put him on a strict diet, which led to his anorexia.

By 12, he experienced “medical consequences” and was hospitalized until he was a normal weight. At that time, he said, no one wanted to admit a boy had an eating disorder, nor was there even treatment available if it were identified. For two years, he was tube fed on and off.

During recovery, he came to terms with being gay, explored why he developed his eating disorder, and learned how to have a healthy relationship with food.

Ten years later, Dorsa said he is still in his recovery journey, but the biggest gift was “the ability to exhale and be open.” He has since gone to college and is working, as well as performs in drag and even did a TedX talk — a far cry from the young boy who wanted to hide from the world.

“It was very painful being in the eating disorder,” he said. “I felt like I was having to live a double life. I didn’t know how to live with the eating disorder and I didn’t know how to not live with the eating disorder.”

Christiana Lilly – South Florida Gay News

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Gay Life Flourished In Berlin Before Nazis Snuffed It Out….

Jeanne Mammen 1928

Last year, close to 13 million people visited Berlin, twice the number of annual visitors recorded 10 years previously. The city is positively bursting at the seams. Not many years ago, a vast number of Berlin apartments stood empty; these days, a pervasive housing shortage threatens to get worse. Berlin is in. But Berlin is also a projection surface for dreams and desires, a promise of a different, freer, better life.

Now, this Berlin enthusiasm is nothing new. Close to a century ago – as the Weimar Republic was nearing its end – Berlin was already a vibrant metropolis the likes of which could not be found anywhere else in the world.

“The city looks to me like a scintillating gem,” the American dancer and singer Josephine Baker observed. “These big coffee shops are like ocean steamers, and the orchestras are their machines that resound all over the place, keeping it in motion. The music is everywhere.”

Visitors both German and foreign, such as the two English writers W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood, felt almost magically attracted by Berlin – by the city’s great size, by its rhythm, but most of all by its gay scene. “Berlin,” Auden remarked, “is a dream for pederasts.” And Isherwood, years afterward, expressed the city’s fascination most succinctly: “To Christopher,” he wrote, “Berlin meant boys.” Everything seemed possible; everything was possible.

As the capital city of the German Empire (the Second Reich, dissolved in 1919), Berlin was already the home of a multibranched, many-sided queer subculture. In the 1920s, Berlin could offer more than a hundred cafés, bars, and taverns that were mainly frequented by queer people of all stripes.

W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood treasured such taverns as the Cozy Corner, near the Hallesches Tor in the borough of Kreuzberg; in this homely little joint, Berlin’s gay scene presented itself undisguised, and there were always half a dozen boys lounging around and drinking beer. Some establishments, such as the fabled Eldorado, on Motz Street in the borough of Schöneberg, even made it into the guidebooks.

The writer Emil Szittya remembered a visit to a transvestite bar named “Mikado”: “At the piano sat the Herr Baron Sattlergrün, who however preferred to be called ‘Baroness.’” Another legendary spot was Silhouette, a small, permanently smoke-filled pub that did a thriving business well into the wee hours of the morning. While the guests ate chicken soup, a pale young man, wearing woman’s clothes and accompanied by a blind pianist, would sing melancholy songs; Marlene Dietrich and the composer Friedrich Hollaender were two of Silhouette’s regular customers.

In the evening hours, certain parts of the Tiergarten (the large park in the middle of the city) were turned into gay playgrounds; moreover, there were veritable gay brothels, camouflaged as bathhouses or massage parlors, where men could meet and have sex.

Permissive and tolerant as the gay scene may have been, the relevant laws were neither. In the common perception of the time, “deviant sexual acts between men” were perverse, and in the eyes of the law, they were criminal. Paragraph 175 of the Reichsstrafgesetzbuch, the criminal code of the German Empire, made homosexual activity a punishable offense; transgressions could entail a penalty of up to six months in prison. However, the Berlin police and judicial authorities did not, as a rule, look too closely. A charge followed only “if the performance of the sexual act ‘resembled heterosexual copulation,’” a criminal defense lawyer remembered. “Of course, only the other partner could testify to that. This absurd practice led, naturally, not to a reduction in the amount of sex being had, but to blackmail by street boys.”

At the same time, though it was true that flamboyantly gay life, with its extravagances and its excesses, was indeed tolerated, it wasn’t always legitimate. In fact, in the heady atmosphere of Paragraph 175, what flourished was criminality. Many a prominent gentleman on a trawl through Berlin nightlife fell into the hands of a blackmailer, who after the sex was over demanded hush money. Not a few paid out enormous sums over a period of many years, practically ruining themselves.

When the National Socialists seized power in January 1933, democracy came to an end in Germany. For queer people, the conditions of life rapidly worsened, especially after the following March, when the Reichstag enacted the so-called Enabling Act, the Ermächtigungsgesetz. With the passage of that law, the principle of separation of powers was abolished and the establishment of a totalitarian regime rendered possible. In 1935 the Nazis increased the severity of Paragraph 175 of the German criminal code, and in 1936 they created the Reich Central Office for Combating Homosexuality and Abortion. Antigay discrimination and a crackdown on sexual “deviance” were now national objectives.

Even leading figures of the day felt the effects of this new ethno-nationalistic Puritanism. In the summer of 1936, the famous gay actor Gustav Gründgens, fearing arrest, made a mad dash for Switzerland. The German regime, however, didn’t want to do without Gründgens; the actor obtained sweeping security guarantees from Hermann Göring himself and soon returned to Berlin. Gründgens’s colleague Kurt von Ruffin wasn’t so lucky – in 1934-1935, because of his sexual orientation, he served a nine-month sentence in the Lichtenburg concentration camp in Saxony, where he endured horrific torture.

Things didn’t go any better for the well-known songwriter and film music composer Bruno Balz, who was locked up in Plötzensee prison for eight months; after his release, Balz had to get married – to Selma, a blond peasant woman from Pomerania. And several thousand uncelebrated other gay people were carried off, mistreated, or murdered.

It was an unsettling concurrence: While gay life was dramatically changing, while pubs and bars were being forced to close and people were disappearing, Berliners and their guests were enjoying themselves quite splendidly. As cynical as it may sound, nightlife in Nazi Berlin carried on at a thoroughly international level. The starting point for nocturnal excursions was often Augsburger Street, which back then counted among Berlin’s entertainment strips. At the intersection where Augsburger Street ended in Luther Street stood the Scala, the capital’s most famous variety theater. Along with the always popular Scala girls, a group of 24 scantily clad female dancers, the bill featured a conspicuous number of American artists: the dancer Mathea Merryfield from California (“America’s prettiest chorus girl”); the diminutive mime artist Fred Sanborn, who also played a mean saxophone; the Four Trojans, a quartet of acrobats performing dizzying tricks at dizzying heights; and Jack and George Dormonde, two slapstick artists on unicycles.

Diagonally opposite the Scala was the renowned Horcher restaurant. Anyone who wished to dine at the Horcher needed a well-stuffed wallet and a great deal of patience, for the small venue did excellent business and was as a rule fully booked. Celebrated actors numbered among the regular guests, as well as many politicians and diplomats. Hermann Göring showed up on a weekly basis. In the Horcher, one ate and spoke French. Otto Horcher – the maître d’hôtel – personally looked after each of his guests; he was acquainted with all his regulars’ culinary preferences and understood how to satisfy them unobtrusively. Almost all the dishes were prepared at the dining tables. The Horcher’s specialties included Medaillons Horcher and Faisan de Presse, whose preparation involved passing a pheasant’s bones through a silver-plated press, thus producing an extremely rich and full-bodied sauce. All of the desserts – for the most part crêpes, in every conceivable variation – were created and flambéed before the eyes of the diners.

Not far from Kurfürstendamm was the elegant Sherbini Bar. Berliners regarded this establishment, owned and operated by the Egyptian Mostafa El-Sherbini, as the capital’s “Jazz Eldorado,” the African-American trombonist Herb Flemming and his band played the Sherbini from 1935 to 1937.

Another Egyptian ran the Ciro Bar on Ranke Street. Achmed Mustafa offered his guests jazz music exclusively: “We could get away with a lot, because we had an international clientele, and that international clientele naturally attached great importance to hearing the same repertoire that they enjoyed in foreign countries,” a contemporary witness recalled.

Oliver Himes

Kurfürsten Street also showed an international flair. The posh nightclub Quartier Latin belonged to a Romanian who placed a high value on exclusivity; only guests wearing tuxedos or evening dresses were allowed in. Admittedly, the Nazis who frequented the place remained unaware that the proprietor was, on top of everything else, a Jew.

Ernst “Teddy” Stauffer and his “Original Teddies” performed at the famous Delphi Palace on Kant Street. Stauffer played, almost without exception, an American repertoire, including the hottest swing music and Broadway tunes. “Practically the whole playlist comprised worldwide hits by successful Jewish writers, composers, and publishers,” Teddy Stauffer wrote in his autobiography.

American swing music, “colored” jazz musicians, and French restaurants, along with Egyptian and Romanian entrepreneurs running exclusive bars where international businesspeople enjoyed themselves side-by-side with well-known Nazis – none of that seems to fit the commonly held image of Nazi Berlin.

My book Berlin 1936 proposes a portrait of a contradictory time, in which Adolf Hitler’s popularity with the German people attained record heights while, simultaneously, 10,000 spectators in Berlin’s Olympia Stadium cheered a black American, the exceptional athlete Jesse Owens. The book examines political, cultural, and everyday history, reassesses supposedly great and supposedly trivial events and circumstances, and discusses culprits and victims, heroes, passive followers, and careerists, courageous resisters, and silent rebels.

Oliver Himes – The Advocate
Translated by John Cullen

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Gus Kenworthy & Adam Rippon Get Friendly At The Olympics To Send A Special Message To Anti-Gay Mike Pence….

Gay Olympians Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy share a sweet moment together in South Korea

Gay Olympians Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon have not been shy with their criticism of Vice President Mike Pence as the choice to lead the Team USA delegation at the opening ceremonies.

Kenworthy and Rippon proudly posted photos of themselves at the ceremonies, looking friendly as can be to one another, but making it clear they still want nothing to do with the VP.

The openly gay athletes shared the snaps on their social media accounts. Kenworthy’s caption on Instagram takes the cake.

“The #OpeningCeremony is a wrap and the 2018 Winter Olympic Gaymes are officially under way!” he wrote. “I feel incredibly honored to be here in Korea competing for the US and I’m so proud to be representing the LGBTQ community alongside this amazing guy! Eat your heart out, Pence. #TeamUSA #TeamUSGay”

We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it. @Adaripp #Olympics #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/OCeiqiY6BN

— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 9, 2018

Tonight I walked in the #OpeningCeremony and got to watch my old friend @Yunaaaa light the Olympic flame. Representing the USA is one of the greatest honors of my life and being able to do it as my authentic self makes it all so much sweeter 🇺🇸🏳️‍🌈🏆🌎❤️🔥 pic.twitter.com/ZypvWkUBjD

— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 9, 2018

The Backstory

Rippon came out against the choice of Pence first, noting he was an odd choice to lead a team with two gay athletes, considering he signaled support for conversion therapy while running for Congress, and is part of an anti-LGBT administration.

That alerted Kenworthy to the issue, who revealed in an interview with USA Today that he agreed with Rippon. He reiterated that stance during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Pence tried to meet with Rippon before the Olympics following the criticism, but was rebuffed. He hasn’t taken the rejection well, claiming that his support of conversion therapy is “fake news,” in keeping with the Trumpian definition of that phrase, meaning anything you don’t like and wish everyone didn’t remember actually happened.

Jeff Taylor – LGBTQ Nation

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Gay Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Hits Out At Mike Pence Over Anti-LGBT Views….

Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy poses for a portrait during the Team USA PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics portraits in West Hollywood, California. Photo by Harry How
Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy poses for a portrait during the Team USA PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics portraits in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How)

Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy is not thrilled that anti-gay Vice President Mike Pence will lead the US delegation to the Winter Olympics.

Ahead of his trip to South Korea next month as head of the Winter Olympic delegation, Pence has been making enemies among the LGBT athletes set to represent the US.

When gay figure skater Adam Rippon challenged the Vice President’s concerning stances on LGBT equality, Pence put out a statement suggesting that the athlete had misled the public.

Now a second gay Olympian has spoken out against him.

Gus Kenworthy, the freestyle skier who picked up a silver medal at the last Winter Olympics, told USA Today that Pence’s presence will send a negative message.

Freestyle Skiier Gus Kenworthy poses for a portrait during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games (Photo by Tom Pennington)

He told USA Today: “I actually found out about [Pence attending] from Adam Rippon… I feel the same way as him.

“I think it’s not the person I would have expected, and I think it sends mixed messages because this is the first time we’re seeing out U.S. Olympic athletes competing in the Winter Olympics, and then we have someone leading the delegation that doesn’t support that, and doesn’t support the LGBT community, and has spoken against it. I think it doesn’t send the right message.

“It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is.”

Skier Gus Kenworthy attends the 100 Days Out 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Celebration – Team USA in Times Square on November 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe)

Kenworthy came out in 2015 – a year on from competing at the Winter Olympics in Russia.

As such, he and Rippon will this year among the first openly gay male athletes to represent the US at a Winter Olympic games.

Speaking about LGBT representation, Kenworthy added: ” I think it’s so important. And not even just LGBT athletes, but just the LGBT community in general has been underrepresented for so many years..

“It’s new to have LGBT representation in that type of way, so I think that’s really important. It helps to be someone that any closeted young athlete, or just person in general can look up to and see someone out in their field and being successful and living their life and having good things happen for them and not having a bad experience.”

Gus Kenworthy of the United States competes in the Freestyle Skiing Men’s Ski Slopestyle Qualification during day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer)

He added of the games in PyeongChang: “The fact that I am out, I think it’s going to warrant me having a better time in Korea, and really getting to experience it.

“When you’re in the closet, you can’t enjoy anything quite as much. I don’t think I had the Olympics experience I was hoping for, and now that I’m out, I’m going to really take it all in and have such a better time.”

A hardline evangelical who has not supported a single LGBT reform across nearly two decades in politics, VP Pence has one of the worst records on equality of any President or Vice President in recent memory.

Pence previously suggested that HIV prevention funding be drained in order to fund state-sponsored ‘gay cure’ therapy.

Mike Pence (Photo by Sara D. Davis)

On a 2000 Congressional campaign website, he wrote: “Congress should support the reauthorization of the [HIV funding] Ryan White Care Act only after completion of an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organisations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviours that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus. Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behaviour.”

While serving as Governor of Indiana, Pence stirred up international outrage in 2015 when he signed Indiana’s controversial ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’, giving businesses the right to discriminate against gay people on the grounds of religion.

Pence claimed the law was intended to “protect” organisations from having to provide services for same-sex weddings, saying: “I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier [Indiana citizen] of every faith.

“The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack.”

Trump Pence

He appeared unable to answer when asked whether it should be legal to fire people because of their sexuality.

In a clip, Pence was asked: “Yes or no: do you believe gay and transgender people should be able to be fired from their jobs just for that reason only?”

After an awkward ten-second silence, Pence attempted to stall, responding: “It’s a great privilege to be your Governor.”

Nick Duffy – Pink News

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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

“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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