8/5/09

ENDA introduced into Senate

A gender expression and sexual orientation inclusive ENDA has been introduced into the Senate by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).
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APA repudiates gay-to-straight "reparative " therapy

"NEW YORK – The American Psychological Association declared Wednesday that mental health professionals should not tell gay clients they can become straight through therapy or other treatments."

"Instead, the APA urged therapists to consider multiple options — that could range from celibacy to switching churches — for helping clients whose sexual orientation and religious faith conflict."

"In a resolution adopted on a 125-to-4 vote by the APA's governing council, and in a comprehensive report based on two years of research, the 150,000-member association put itself firmly on record in opposition of so-called "reparative therapy" which seeks to change sexual orientation."

"No solid evidence exists that such change is likely, says the report, and some research suggests that efforts to produce change could be harmful, inducing depression and suicidal tendencies."

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Lesbian Senator's Transgender Husband Picked to Lead Pride

Correction: This post incorrectly stated that Mr. Hosie is co patron of the 2009 Perth Pride. The article should read Mr. Hosie was co patron of the 2008 Pride. Last updated 8/11/2009

Perth Australia. Aram Hosie a transgender man and powerhouse gender advocate was named a co-patron of the Perth 2008 Pride festive. As if that's not enough Mr. Hosie's partner Louise Pratt a out lesbian Senator is currently representing the state of Western Australia!

This is truly inspirational.