Monday, April 16, 2018

Conversion therapy is dying across the country, and oddly enough this is happening on Trump's watch.

Courtesy of the Daily Beast:

It’s hard to imagine the Trump presidency going down in history as a fantastic time for LGBT rights. And yet LGBT people have been scoring several successive victories on the state and local level on a particularly critical issue: making conversion therapy a crime. 

Since Donald Trump and Mike Pence took office, five states—New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Nevada, Washington—have banned the medically condemned practice of trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation and gender identity, bringing the total number of U.S. states with such bans up to 10. 

Several Florida municipalities, major cities like Philadelphia and New York, and other smaller cities have also now banned conversion therapy during the Trump-Pence administration. 

These bans on conversion or “reparative,” therapy are still coming with seemingly accelerated momentum: As Amber Phillips noted in her recent Washington Post appraisal of state-level LGBT victories, it seems “likely” that over a dozen states and D.C. will have made it illegal to subject a minor to this ostensibly therapeutic but demonstrably cruel practice by the end of the legislative session.

To be clear this is happening DESPITE the fact that Trump and Mike Pence are in office, not BECAUSE they are in office.

I think it is far more appropriate to give President Obama the credit for moving things forward for the LGBTQ community, than to assign credit to Trump/Pence.

Still good news is good news, and this is indeed good news.


  1. Anonymous5:19 AM

    A child is born without hate. A child is not born a murderer, rapist or liar. A child is taught from birth how to behave, love, live by those around them. Exposing a child to anger creates anger. Exposing a child to hate creates hate. Exposing a child to abuse and porn creates a bad outlook on human nature. It is natural to be curious it is bad to be deviate. Raise your children to be wise, healthy and honest. Teach them to love humankindness and compassion.

    1. Leland6:07 AM

      Define "deviate".

    2. Anonymous6:39 AM

      A child is born a Scientist.

    3. I am not sure that Anonymous 5:19 has actually ever been around children.

      Children are great but if you think they are all perfect little angels until introduced to a corrupting influence, you are sadly mistaken.

    4. Anonymous8:10 AM

      What is your obsession with porn?

    5. Anonymous2:44 PM

      Everyone has been around kids. I think some families are more disciplined than others. Some families actually talk vs scream. There is nothing wrong with structure and goals. 8.10 I wonder too what the obsession with porn is? I guess some people are curious and just want to watch others having sex, don't know.

  2. The kids are standing up, and the old people, nervous, are standing down. They don't want their grandchildren hating them.

  3. Anonymous5:44 AM

    Dakota, it is safe now to come out of the closet.

  4. Anonymous6:33 AM


  5. Anonymous6:48 AM

    666pence-your OUT in 2 days...

  6. Anonymous6:50 AM


    1. Anonymous7:34 AM

  7. Anonymous7:17 AM

    the Chinese LGBT community, with activists taking to social media to condemn the microblogging website with the hashtags #IAmGay and #IAmGayNotAPervert

  8. Anonymous8:01 AM

    “My father was the keeper of the temple of knowledge.”


    For avid readers, or even the avidly curious, spending a night in a library would be a dream come true. Growing up, Ronald Clark spent every night in one. That’s because his father worked as custodian of a Washington Heights branch of the New York Public Library.

    In those days, many custodians lived with their families there on library property, in exchange for keeping it clean and maintained, and secure at night. That gave a young Ronald first-hand access to two things: The pride his father took in polishing the library to a gleam, and to the books themselves, right at his fingertips.

    Ronald came to StoryCorps with his daughter, Jamilah, to remember how his father’s work and the family’s lifestyle shaped the scholarly man he would become.

    Listen to Ronald and Jamilah’s original StoryCorps interview.

    Para subtítulos en español, haga click en el ícono de YouTube en la esquina derecha, y escoja “Spanish” bajo la opción de “settings” y “subtitles/CC."

  9. Anonymous8:12 AM

    In Africa 200,000 years ago! ART!...Watch this kNOWledge>

    Civil Society^Civil Discourse

    1. Anonymous8:33 AM

      For 5:19 Add this:
      "Depictions of a SEXual nature have existed since prehistoric times, as seen in the
      Venus figurines and rock art"

      " The final two thirds of the Turin Erotic Papyrus (Papyrus 55001), an Egyptian papyrus scroll discovered at Deir el-Medina, consist of a series of twelve vignettes showing men and women in various sexual positions. The scroll was probably painted in the Ramesside period (1292-1075 BC)and its high artistic quality indicates that was produced for a wealthy audience."

    2. Anonymous9:46 AM

      "Absolutist thinking is considered a cognitive distortion by most cognitive therapies for anxiety and depression. Yet, there is little empirical evidence of its prevalence or specificity. Across three studies, we conducted a text analysis of 63 Internet forums (over 6,400 members) using the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count software to examine absolutism at the linguistic level. We predicted and found that anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation forums contained more absolutist words than control forums (ds > 3.14). Suicidal ideation forums also contained more absolutist words than anxiety and depression forums (ds > 1.71). We show that these differences are more reflective of absolutist thinking than psychological distress. It is interesting that absolutist words tracked the severity of affective disorder forums more faithfully than negative emotion words. Finally, we found elevated levels of absolutist words in depression recovery forums. This suggests that absolutist thinking may be a vulnerability factor."

  10. Anonymous8:29 AM

    I don't think this is DESPITE Tiny Hands, but BECAUSE OF him. Because the states know they made big progress under President Obama, and they want to MAKE SURE that neither T.H. nor Pence will be able to take it away!


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