The report charges that same-gender sexual orientation and variations in gender identity and expression are “part of the normal spectrum of human diversity and do not constitute a mental disorder.”
In an online letter posted on Wednesday, the White House threw its support behind state efforts to ban so-called conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors.
Some activists say proposed legislation doesn’t address all the ways so-called conversion therapy is actually practiced.
TLC defended its special, saying that the views it depicts are strictly those of the participants. What the network didn’t say was that many of the show’s participants are affiliated with organizations tied to the discredited “ex-gay” movement.
If, in the broader sense, “conversion therapy” is any set of actions designed to convince trans people to abandon our genders and sexes, governments large and small are the biggest offenders out there.
Religious conservatives challenged the California law, arguing it violated their First Amendment rights.
The Texas Republican Party’s draft platform says the party “recognize[s] the legitimacy and value of … reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle.” The party is among sparse company, since all major medical associations condemn the practice.
The 2014 Texas GOP platform endorses “reparative therapy” for gay and lesbian Texans, removes a call for new pathways to citizenship, and thanks lawmakers for “pro-life” legislation.
Even with all that’s left to accomplish, I’m proud to reside in the land of Lincoln.