In today’s depressing news, a couple is suing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over the state’s recent ban on gay conversion therapy. Christie signed the bill into law this August, which prevents therapists from attempting to “convert” gay teenagers into being straight. Because it’s complete and utter quack psychology bullshit.
But! These horrible parents, who have remained unnamed, claims their 15-year-old son doesn’t want to be gay and “needs” the conversion therapy. Their son has contemplated suicide and has, in their words, “unwanted gender identity disorder and unwanted same-sex attractions.” I don’t think it’s particularly presumptuous to assume that his parents’ — and perhaps, community’s — disapproval is a major factor in his unhappiness. I guess they’re not concerned with that, though. They feel that their rights to free speech and freedom of religion are being violated. (The American Association for Christian Counselors has filed a separate lawsuit over the bill.) Keep reading »
Yesterday, the Senate voted to take up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill to ban employers from discriminating against LGBTQ workers or job applicants based on their sexual orientation or gender identity (i.e. being transgender).
This is the first time ever that ENDA, which has struggled in Congress for almost 20 years, includes protections for trans folks. Workers are already protected by federal law from discrimination based on race, gender, religion and age.
The Senate is expected to vote on ENDA this week with bipartisan support. However, it still must work its way through the House of Representatives and faces some Republican opposition. Here are five things to know about this very important bill! Keep reading »
Idaho won’t screen the film that took the top prize in Cannes this year, because SEX.
“Blue Is The Warmest Color,” a French film starring Lea Seydoux about teenaged lesbians, won this year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes. But the film Cannes-not (see what I did there?) play at the Idaho state’s only arthouse movie theater in Boise due to its NC-17 rating. The theater’s liquor license prohibits the theater from screening movies which — to quote directly from the Idaho state code — contain:
“[A]cts or simulated acts of sexual intercourse, masturbation, sodomy, bestiality, oral copulation, flagellation or any sexual acts which are prohibited by law … [and ]any person being touched, caressed or fondled on the breast, buttocks, anus or genitals.” Keep reading »
This week, HBO screened a documentary film, “Valentine Road,” about the 2008 murder of a 14-year-old boy, Lawrence King, by a classmate in Oxnard, California. King had been exploring his gender identity by wearing makeup and heels to school; he had told friends that he was gay and had asked 14-year-old Brandon McInerney to be his Valentine in front of other classmates. McInerney, who had a girlfriend, shot King in head during class in their middle school computer lab.
Heartbreaking. Inexcusable. And yet the New York Times’ film review by Neil Genzlinger actually dared to ask:
Was Mr. McInerney the one who was bullied, by Mr. King’s flaunting of his identity (including wearing makeup and heeled boots to school)?
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Kaitlyn Hunt, a lesbian teen in Florida who was charged with having sexual relations with a minor after her younger girlfriend’s parents objected to their consensual relationship, has entered a plea deal which will require jail time for four months. Hunt, who dated her 14-year-old girlfriend while she was 18, will also have two years of house arrest with electronic monitoring and nine months of monitored probation.
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Earlier this month, a Huntington Beach, California high school crowned Cassidy Lynn Campbell, a 16-year-old trans girl, their homecoming queen. Pride and enthusiasm over winning didn’t last long before online bullies trashed her victory. Now she’s making a statement against bigots by posing for the NOH8 photo campaign. Get it, girl! [Advocate]