Toledo Bans Conversion Therapy & Protects Gender Identity

LGBTQ rights in Toledo Ohio - gay and transgender rights

Yesterday the Toledo, Ohio City Council unanimously approved a measure banning anti-gay conversion therapy while adding gender identity to their city’s anti-discrimination protection classes. While many in the religious conservative community opposed it arguing its mental health counseling requirements would affect them (they won’t), those actually credentialed to provide such care lauded the vote. The Toledo Blade reported: Conversion therapy, which is designed to change a […]

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TN GOP Bill Would Prohibit Adoption of National Counseling Ethics Rules

Sen Jack Johnson proposed SB1 to target the American Counseling Association for ethics standards

Tennessee Republicans just proposed a bill to extend legislation passed in April allowing counselors to refuse service to LGBTQ people. The new legislation would prohibit the adoption of national ethical standards and codes of conduct. Specifically, SB1 prohibits “the Board for Professional Counselors, Marital and Family Therapists, and Clinical Pastoral Therapists from adopting any rule that incorporates by reference a national association’s […]

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Appointments & Allies: Trump is NOT an LGBTQ Ally

Appointments and Allies - Donald Trump is not an LGBTQ Ally

While President Elect Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed to be an ally to the LGBTQ community, recent actions and appointments demonstrate he has nothing but ill intentions for LGBTQ people. We touched on this briefly in our rundown of his announced appointments, but the bigger picture deserves a more in depth view. As of the writing of this article, literally […]

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Texas State Senator Files SB242 to Out LGBTQ Students to Parents

Konni Burton proposes SB242 - a bill targeting LGBTQ youth

As the state legislative session in Texas begins, state Senator Konni Burton (R) just filed legislation that would force schools to out LGBTQ students to their parents. SB242 takes aim at “the right of a child ’s parent to public school records and information concerning the child” on the surface. Under that veneer, however, Burton’s explicit intentions in filing the legislation are clear. BACKSTORY […]

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GOP Platform Descending into Far Right Madness

the 2016 GOP Convention Platform

While the GOP Platform Committee absolutely refused to add language recognizing the threat ISIS poses to the LGBTQ community in the wake of (and on the anniversary of) the Orlando LGBTQ massacre, they did manage to skew the platform further to the right than it has been in several years. Adding everything from conversion therapy and Christian proselytization in public schools […]

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GOP Platform: Jesus in Schools & Overturning Marriage Equality

the 2016 GOP Convention Platform

Leading up to the GOP convention in Cleveland the GOP Platform Subcommittee is working diligently to present the 2016 version of the Republican Party for the nation and world to see. And what does that image look like? Thus far the committee has agreed to shut down LGBTQ marriage equality through either judicial action or a constitutional amendment in addition […]

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OK GOP to Block Suicidal LGBT Kids From Seeing Gay-Friendly Counselors

Sally Kern

During a session filled with anti-gay legislation one bill proposes by the Oklahoma GOP would bar suicidal kids and teenagers from seeking gay-friendly counselors at school. Oklahoma House Bill 3044 would prohibit “certain referrals or providing information to students without notifying parents or guardians; effective date; emergency.” Specifically, the bill states: No counselor, therapist, social worker, administrator, teacher or other […]

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Sally Kern Puts Her Christianity-Masked Hate on Display in Oklahoma

Sally Kern, the Republican state representative from Oklahoma who’s known for stating that homosexuals are more of a threat to the US than terrorists, has shown us her “Christian love” yet again. She’s filed three anti-gay bills in her state legislature:House Bill 1597: Allows businesses to refuse service to individuals based on sexual orientation. Fuck civil rights. House Bill 1598: […]

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TLC’s ‘My Husband’s Not Gay’ May Be Promoting ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy

By Tim Peacock When TLC’s new special ‘My Husband’s Not Gay’ began advertising, members of the LGBT community became understandably concerned – particularly after the network’s debacle in continuing to support the virulently anti-gay Duggar family. Many within the activism community didn’t see a huge issue with the show on the surface though pointing to the fact that if people want […]

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Leelah Alcorn’s Life & Death Make the Case for LGBT Youth Protections

By now most people have heard about the tragic death of Leelah Alcorn – a transgender teenager from a small town in Ohio who recently committed suicide. In her suicide note she blamed the harsh, religion-rationalized abuse her parents heaped on her as the reason she could no longer tolerate living. Alcorn’s life and death contain several important issues – many of which […]

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