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Horrible, Delusional Parents Sue New Jersey For The Right To “Convert” Their Gay Son Straight

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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 »

5 Things To Know About The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) To Protect Gay & Trans Employees At Work

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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 »

Calabasas High School Crowns Lesbian Couple Its Homecoming Queens

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  • Calabasas High School in Calabasas, California, crowned lesbian couple Lili Cohen and Greta Melendez its dual homecoming queens. Melendez is actually the president of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance and said lots of students voted for her and her partner because they’re accepting of everyone. Congrats, ladies, and thank you for showing not everything that comes out of Calabasas (um, the Kardashians) is totally lame.  [SheWired, Los Angeles Times]
  • Black and Asian girls in the UK are less likely to get the HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer, according to a new study … [BBC]
  • … and also, one shot of the HPV vaccine instead of the current three shots might be just as safe. [USA Today]
  • Some abortion clinics in Texas have stopped performing abortions following the court ruling last week. [MSNBCNew York Times]
  • Sex workers in California held an Obamacare enrollment party. [CNN] Keep reading »

Trans Woman Banned From L.A. Gym’s Women’s Locker Room

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  • Yanel Valenzuela of California told a gym trainer that she is a transgender woman, hoping to get an exercise routine tailored to her health needs. But instead, she alleges, the trainer shared that information with others and an L.A. Fitness manager barred Valenzuela from using the women’s locker room entirely. They realize she’s a woman and doesn’t belong in the men’s locker room, right? This is grossly discriminatory against trans folks and completely inappropriate.  [Queerty, Huffington Post]
  • This piece about an Oklahoma couple’s struggle to terminate a pregnancy after they discovered the fetus has severe birth defects is incredibly sad. This is how taking away women’s reproductive rights affects poor families.  [MSNBC]
  • The Cutting Season author Attica Locke has won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, a $10,000 literary prize for African-American writers. [Clutch Magazine]
  • The web site She’s A Homewrecker is all kinds of come-the-fuck-on. [Huffington Post]
  • Why is Russia taking DNA samples from conservative Muslim women before the 2014 Olympics? [Al-Jazeera] Keep reading »

New Jersey To Issue Licenses For Same-Sex Couples On Monday!

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  • New Jersey’s Supreme Court has ruled that the state must start issuing same-sex marriage licenses beginning on Monday. Last month, an NJ judge ruled the state must recognize gay marriages now that the federal government does. NJ will become the 14th state to recognize gay marriage, plus D.C. Congrats, everybody getting married because of this wonderful news! [NBC News]
  • A Catholic school in Arkansas fired a lesbian teacher who had worked at the school for 15 years after she married her partner. [Jezebel]
  • Juana Villegas, an immigrant who was forced to give birth in shackles while in detention, has won a settlement from the city of Nashville. [Colorlines]
  • Here’s another fantastic response to the Slate/Emily Yoffe article about teenaged girls, drinking and rape. [Salon]
  • Meanwhile, here is a response today by Yoffe to her critics. [Slate] Keep reading »

Idaho Bans Teen Lesbian Film “Blue Is The Warmest Color” Over NC-17 Sexy Sex Rating

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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 »

New York Times Asks If Teen Who Shot LGBTQ Classmate Was “Bullied” By “Flaunting”

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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, Florida Teen Who Dated Younger Student, Enters Plea Deal For 4 Months In Jail

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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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Mississippi Lesbian Tries To Open Gay Bar, Gets Blocked By City Council

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  • Pat Newton, a lesbian who is trying to open a gay bar in Shannon, Mississippi, said there is a discriminatory “conspiracy” in town to prevent her from getting the appropriate permits. It’s the same bar which was featured in the 2006 documentary “Small Town Gay Bar,” which Newton is trying to reopen. [Advocate]
  • New York City’s newest public advocate Letitia James has become the first-ever African-American woman to hold citywide office. Congrats! [Madame Noire]
  • Seven ways the government shutdown will hit women the hardest … including halting investigations into how colleges are handling sexual assault allegations. [Slate, Huffington Post]
  • Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert on sexism in the literary world and being shunted into the “chick lit dungeon.” [Slate] Keep reading »

Trans Homecoming Queen Cassidy Lynn Campbell Poses For The NOH8 Campaign

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]

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