August 31, 2009



Keith Olbermann discusses "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and wonders why Obama continues to hesitate in halting gay discharges. He talks to Dan Savage, who asks, if 75% of the American public are sold on repealing DADT, how many more "retrograde bigots" need to change their minds before he does something?

On that note, First Lt. Dan Choi was stripped of his officer's commission yesterday at a hearing as was expected and will be discharged. Alison Stewart covered it on The Rachel Maddow Show.

Will "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" become as big a stain on Obama's legacy as it is on Clinton's? I suppose it depends on how many more lives he ruins because of it.

August 30, 2009

Espadas clunkers are the newst models 2009-2010

Espada's Nonprofit Clunkers Raise Eyebrows
updated 3:45 p.m. ET, Sun., Aug 30, 2009
State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr.'s Bronx charity, which is under investigation by the state Attorney General's Office, is reportedly also facing scrutiny over the nonprofit group's gas guzzling vehicles.

The Comprehensive Community Development Corp., which runs five Soundview Health Center clinics for the needy, has bought a series of upscale gas-guzzlers, including a Cadillac Deville, a GMC Envoy SUV and luxury Chrysler 300C -- periodically replacing them with newer vehicles, the New York Post reported today.

The group recently picked up a beaten up Ford Expedition that it bought from Espada's son, the report said.

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Sen. Espada (D-Bronx) uses a luxury car paid for with his charity's money and allows the use of other cars by top employees, including his daughter-in-law and a woman convicted of committing fraud for one of his campaign, the newspaper said.

The cars raised the eyebrows of charity watchdogs, the Post said.

"An employee and their relatives should not use a charity's resources for personal gain or to offset personal expenses," said Laurie Styron, an analyst at the Chicago-based American Institute of Philanthropy.

Espada's group denies any abuses.

August 29, 2009

Rep Hastings, writes again to Obama on DADT

Rep. Hastings Pushes Obama on DADT
By Michelle Garcia

Florida representative Alcee Hastings told President Barack Obama he is "deeply disappointed" that the military's ban on openly gay and lesbian personnel has yet to be lifted.

Hastings sent an open follow-up letter to the president on Thursday, reminding him that in June, 77 representatives called for a moratorium on investigating cases of service members accused of being gay. He also called "don't ask, don't tell" a "ridiculous, bigoted law."

The Florida Democrat, who is the vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said he was also disappointed that President Obama had not responded to the initial letter. "With the recent addition of 17,000 American troops to Afghanistan and the possibility of another request for even more troops from General McChrystal in the coming weeks, I am sure that you will agree that we cannot afford to lose any of our dedicated, highly qualified service members to 'don't ask, don't tell,'" he wrote in Thursday's letter.

Hastings cited the figure of two military members being discharged daily under the law.


Back to topPost a CommentName: Herley Taylor
Date posted: 2009-08-29 11:09 AM
Hometown: Deland, FL

Thanks Alcee! Once Again this is Herley Taylor--- But yea unfortunately Obama thinks us gay airman/soldiers/sailors/marines are 5th class citizen! But if were to to somehow TURN STR8 then we would be immediately upgraded to 1st class! WHAT A SHAME!!!

August 28, 2009

We need a Consumer Protection Agency by Sen.Gillibrand to Adam

August 28, 2009

Dear Mr. Gonzalez:

Thank you for taking the time to contact me about the S.566, the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) Act of 2009. I agree with you and support the creation of a dedicated consumer financial protection agency, because I believe that it will create a much needed oversight body to prevent the bad actors in the financial services industry from taking advantage of consumers and prevent future economic collapses like our current recession.

Currently, our government lacks an agency whose primary focus is to protect consumers from this form of abuse. Many families in New York fall victim to predatory financial services, which routinely confuse innocent consumers with complex contracts and pages of fine print. In some areas of New York, as many as 40% of new homeowners took complicated sub-prime mortgages instead of standard products.

The creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Agency will consolidate financial accountability in one place. This will create a standard for federal supervision of financial products similar to what is already in place for tangible consumer products. Furthermore, this agency will promote the dissemination of clear information for consumers, something that we are currently lacking. Federal enforcement of regulations will finally provide families in New York the protection from financial services they deserve.

Thank you again for taking the time to share your views on this issue with me. For more information on this and other important issues, please visit my website and sign up for my e-newsletter.

Sincerely yours,

Kirsten Gillibrand
United States Senator

Asexuality: The Ultimate Orientation?

Asexuality: The Ultimate Orientation?
by Kilian Melloy
EDGE Staff Reporter
Monday Aug 24, 2009

(Source:Wikimedia Commons)
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Some heterosexuals indicate a belief that sexual desire is a matter of choice; gays and lesbians beg to differ, insisting that their attraction to others of the same gender is innate.

Even so-called "zoophiles" have made the news recently, with a bid to cast their attraction to animals as a type of sexual orientation.

But there’s one group that looks at all the rest a little more askance than the other groups look at one another: asexuals just don’t see what the big deal is about who has sex with whom, and they don’t feel compelled to take part.

However, not having any interest in sexual intercourse doesn’t mean that asexuals don’t fall in love, engage in romance, and even identify as gay, lesbian, straight, or bi. Indeed, asexuals can enjoy emotional connections that are just as compelling as those that, for others, get tangled up with sex.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on asexuals as an emerging, and ever-more visible, orientation to themselves in an Aug. 24 article.

The article related the stories of individuals who had a hard time fitting in until they determined that they simply weren’t sexually interested in... well, anyone.

The article noted that asexuals as a group had not come together until the Internet made it possible for individuals of all sorts to connect and realize that they weren’t all alone in the world. But every movement needs a leader, and in this case, it was a teenager named David Jay (now 27) who launched a forum online for other asexuals to meet and chat.

Nine years ago, Jay formed a new group, the article said, called AVEN--the Asexual Visibility and Education Network. Now, Davis and other asexuals may be reaching a tipping point in visibility: Jay has appeared on news shows such as Tucker Carlson’s at MSNBC. As the word of AVEN spreads, and the very concept of asexuality becomes better known, asexuals are finding kinship with members of Jay’s group.

Said Jay, "If I’m able to define asexuality every time I do an appearance, we get 50 to 200 new people coming to us."

What was once viewed as a form of sexual dysfunction may now be on its way to recognition as a bona fide sexual orientation.

The article quoted sex researcher Dr. Lori Brotto of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, who described herself as having been "extremely skeptical" about asexuality.

But AVEN provided Dr. Brotto with a ready-made pool of research subjects. Brotto’a investigation revealed that AVEN members just aren’t that into sex, exactly as they say; moreover, the absence of libido doesn’t worry them.

Noted Brutto, "They’re not bothered by the low levels of arousal. That’s what makes them different from someone with sexual dysfunction, who wants to seek treatment."

What hurts, rather, is a sense of social isolation: a sense that others won’t understand.

The article quoted 48-year-old Cathy Roberts, who spoke about the difficulties of finding a suitable mate.

"For me, they have to be asexual and lesbian."

That’s a tall order even without what Roberts goes on to call "that whole compatibility thing."

For 19-year-old Bridget Rodman, finding AVEN was, perhaps, life-saving: the article spoke of Rodman as feeling "suicidal" over not being able to connect sexually, and of attempting to "mimic the patterns" that an intimate partner would demonstrate, but which did not come to Rodman naturally.

But now Rodman knows she’s not alone--and that she doesn’t have to try to "fix" herself, because she’s not defective, merely different.

"It’s indescribably amazing," the article quoted Rodman as saying.

"I can build my own ideas of what I want to be instead of waiting for this biological lubricant, literal or figurative, to come along."

A Wikipedia article on the subject notes that asexual people are capable of having sex; they simply are not driven to it by innate urges.

The article also references a study that estimates that asexuals only constitute 1% of the population at large, though with the advent of AVEN and increased visibility, it may only be a matter of time before that estimate is challenged.

The article also notes that asexuality is not the same thing as celibacy, in which a sexually interested individual may refrain from sexual activity for religious or other reasons.

"Asexuality" symbol courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Kilian Melloy reviews media, conducts interviews, and writes commentary for EDGEBoston, where he also serves as Assistant Arts Editor.

Barebacking- Raw etc.

"Panel Takes a ’Raw’ Look at Barebacking: Why We Like It, Why We Still Do It"
The below comment was one of the many comments on a lively and sometimes too lively conference sponsored by GMHC on Aug 13, 2009.
The subject was "Raw Sex." This is a subject that arouses passion on all sides of the issue. It is this writer's opinion that this is a private issue between two informed consenting adults. There is much information out there, plus the experience of individulas that have been poz for many years to not be informed; unless you have your head inside the "Raw assenwholer."
Indeed a person can make 'informed' choices. Those choices we make every day when we drive, ski, or go diving or snorkeling in deep waters. Need to know what you are doing and make your choices on your level of knowledge, experience and confidence on your partner and yourself. It is nothing to become titzzy about. It is something that every one should know and then go on from there.
Then what are the sources of information? Your Doctor, but only if he or she is gay. Medical data available on the net on many officials sites. is a good one. CDC only if you are a health official since if you don't follow their guilines you are anatema. Also, as I said before people that have been poz for a long time and have partners that both poz and non poz. There are many studies that have been published on this issue. Nothing is 100 percent. Not even a vaccine. Everything we do has a consequence. That is the law of the universe. Action/reaction. But that is life and we can't stop living because we are here for a short time and then we die anyway. The experiences that fill the neurons inside of our brains is what we take with us.

fern , 2009-08-25 08:00:54
I like the word "raw". AIDS and HIV are not only a problem concerning the homosexual community, it affects us all hetero included. As far as sex is involved homos and heteros are more or less the same except maybe is that if you want free sex it’ll be easier in a gay bar than in a singles bar for heteros. I still believe that producing a condom to a potential partner is insulting, as you want to be into this person, yet not want no part of her/he. I like Earl Grey’s tea (how gay) I also hate tea bags.

ENDA being brought to the forefront by Transgender staffer

Transgender activist and prominent AIDS leader Diego Sanchez talks about his work as a legislative assistant to Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and his efforts to add transgender-inclusive hate crimes to the 2009 Employment Non-Discrimination Act that is under construction in the House, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. (Source:AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Momentum is building for Congress to pass the first major civil rights act protecting gays and transsexuals, supporters say, and one of the stars in the debate is a barrier-breaking transgender staffer on Capitol Hill.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, would prohibit workplace discrimination - including decisions about hiring, firing and wages - based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It would exempt religious organizations, the military and businesses with less than 15 workers.

The driving force behind the bill has been Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., the longest-serving of the three openly gay members of Congress. He expects hearings on the measure to be held this fall.

Frank pushed ENDA in 2007, but it foundered because of insufficient backing in the Senate and a split within the gay and transgender communities. Many activists were irate because Frank - seeking support from wavering colleagues - was open to covering sexual orientation but not gender identity, excluding transgender people from protection.

This time around, several factors have changed:

-Barack Obama is now president, and is on record supporting ENDA. A veto was considered possible if the 2007 bill had reached then-President George W. Bush.

-ENDA’s core supporters, including Frank, have agreed they will push only for a bill that includes gender identity.

-The bill has picked up key support in the Senate, where it was introduced earlier this month by Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley and Maine Republicans Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. Even without other GOP senators, Merkley believes it has a good chance of obtaining the 60 votes that likely will be needed to pass the Senate.

The main Senate champion of ENDA in the past had been Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, who died Tuesday. That role was passed on to Merkley earlier this year.

There is another difference from 2007. Frank now has a policy adviser who is a female-to-male transsexual. Diego Sanchez is the first transgender person hired for a senior congressional staff position on Capitol Hill.

Sanchez has done extensive face-to-face lobbying for ENDA, and Frank says that’s enabled some members of Congress to get to know a transsexual for the first time.

"He interacts with a lot of people," Frank said. "Prejudice is literally ignorance."

Frank says he now doubts votes will be cast against ENDA solely because it extends to transgender people.

Sanchez is a longtime activist who worked for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention last year before joining Frank’s staff. Back in 2007, he was among a minority of transgender activists who accepted Frank’s tactical decision to drop gender identity from that version of ENDA.

"He’s called on the entire community since then to lobby, work - and the community has said, ’OK, we’ve got one game plan, and it’s Barney,’" Sanchez said. "There’s broader support this time."

Opponents of ENDA - led by several national conservative groups - concede that the bill has enough support to clear the House, and expect a closely fought battle in the Senate.

Ashley Horne, federal issues analyst for Focus on the Family, promised that her conservative Christian ministry would encourage tough opposition.

"It’s definitely a bill we will put a lot of resources toward fighting," she said. "Our primary concern is the chipping away of religious liberties."

Twenty-one states already have laws prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and 12 extend those laws to gender identity - California, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Several other states protect public employees who are gay or transgender.

The experience of these states shows that passage a federal law is unlikely to unleash a flood of litigation and conflict, Frank and Merkley say.

Minnesota, for example, has had a non-discrimination law covering transgender people since 1993 that rarely triggers controversies. Oregon passed a comparable bill in 2007.

"There were concerns there’d be a huge number of lawsuits - it simply didn’t materialize," Merkley said.

However, attorney Jim Campbell of the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group, said ENDA would impose its provisions on more conservative states with more business owners who have religious objections to hiring gays and transsexuals.

Campbell also worries that ENDA will serve gay-rights activists’ long-term strategic interests.

"One of the really big problems with enacting ENDA is in the future litigation battles dealing with same-sex marriage," Campbell said. "It will provide ammunition for homosexual activists in the future to push their agenda in the court system throughout the country."

August 26, 2009

Maggie You'll Have to Buy your Own Damn Coffee

by DAVID BADASH on AUGUST 10, 2009 ·

Tim Horton’s Does The Right Thing

The Internet this morning was abuzz with the story that the Canadian coffee and donut empire Tim Horton’s was sponsoring Maggie Gallagher’s National Organization for Marriage. Specifically, one Tim Horton’s franchisee in Rhode Island was co-sponsoring a NOM-sponsored anti-gay marriage rally in Providence.

After the blogosphere went wild, and a petition hit 1630 signatures in the space of a few hours, Tim Horton’s issued a statement that read, in part,

“For 45 years, Tim Hortons and its store owners have practiced a philosophy of giving back to the communities in which we operate. As a company, our primary focus is on helping children and supporting fundraising events for non-profit organizations and registered charities.

For this reason, Tim Hortons has not sponsored those representing religious groups, political affiliates or lobby groups.

It has come to our attention that the Rhode Island event organizer and purpose of the event fall outside of our sponsorship guidelines. As such, Tim Hortons can not provide support at the event.”

Proof that locally or internationally, the franchise of hate mongering Maggie Gallagher is brewing up these days is no one’s cup of tea.

August 25, 2009

This smell like a*s but Im going to eat it

There is a tomultous amount of foods that smell bad, but people eat them anyways. I like Aged blue cheese with red strong red wine. Others hate the smell of oysters, but chuk them down without a problem. I was wondering How many stinky foods you don't mind putting down the hatch. Let me know. I'm curious!

s Newark's Mayor frustrated with Obama’s Progress on LGBT Rights Issues

Newark Mayor says he is frustrated with Obama’s Progress on LGBT Rights Issues
Tagged with: Allies Barack Obama Cory Booker LGBT Civil Rights New Jersey Newark Sakia Gunn
8/25/09-by Paula Brooks

Sunday, a rising star in the Democratic Party, Newark, New Jerseys Mayor Cory Booker, criticized the Obama administration’s advancement of LGBT rights issues.
Speaking at a brunch hosted by New York chapter of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association and the New Jersey Devils hockey team, Booker the said he is feeling “frustrated” and “impatient” with the administration’s progress when it comes to Obama’s keeping promises made during the election to the LGBT community.
“I was a huge supporter of Barack Obama and still am, but I think that he needs to take some steps right now, and I think that the more people who are friends of his or associates of him get into his ear about ending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ about repealing DOMA, about creating more inclusive employment discrimination policy, I think that we as a nation can start moving a lot further forward,” said Booker, “Unless you can change the federal strategy or focus on these issues, New Jersey residents will face high levels of discrimination in my opinion.”
However, said that he has not had any conversations about LGBT issues with “high-level members” of the Administration, “I think the Obama administration is in the middle of some of the most important fights in the history of our country,” said Booker. “They’re eight months into an administration, if that. And I have trouble casting judgment on them feeling a lot of sympathy for what they’re going thorough.”
“But that does not mean that I can’t as a citizen of this country be frustrated, impatient to watch what friends of mine who are gay and lesbian go through on a daily basis. That is such an affront to what we claim to be as a nation, and so having come from a group of Americans that’s been historically discriminated against, there’s no time but now to do certain things,” Booker concluded.
Booker’s city has a troubled history with respect to the LGBT community, that came to a head in 2003 when a 15-year-old African-American lesbian, Sakia Gunn, was stabbed to death after she refused the proposition of two men while waiting for a bus in downtown Newark.
Booker, a co-chairman the Obama campaign in New Jersey last year, has been mayor of Newark since 2006 and in his first term, reached out to the LGTB community and faced harsh criticism from some of his city’s residents because of it.
“Newark has not been, in my opinion, a very enlightened community in the larger sense on LGBTQ issues and I think that there’s been a lot of incidents from recently to going back years that have been very dramatic demonstrations of what folks in Newark understand,” Booker said.
Booker’s administration, the first to fly a pride flag over that city’s administration center, recently established a commission to advise the mayor on LGBT issues. Newark is also working on an after-school program for LGBT youths, and the city’s police director is considering the creation a liaison officer’s position from his department to the Newark LGBT community.
“We’ve made some good progress over the last three years, but I think there’s a lot of work that we have to do and can do,” said Booker. “In a five- to seven-year period I think Newark will have a story to tell around these issues that will be very compelling.”

August 19, 2009

United: We broke your guitar, buy a new one; But NOT on us. It was your fault we brooked it. You decided to fly UNITED

United Breaks Guitars Song 2: David Carroll's Second Ode To United Airlines (VIDEO)
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Consumerist points out that musician David Carroll's has released a sequel to his "United Breaks Guitars" video -- which just may be the single most famous act of customer frustration in YouTube history.

Carroll, of course, had his guitar smashed by United Airlines baggage handlers and the airline initially refused to reimburse him for the damage. He promised to record three songs railing against United's behavior.

After the song began racking up YouTube views -- it's been seen more than 5 million times by now - United caved and offered to pay up. Carroll declined and suggested that United give the money to charity.

Carroll's second song is a bit more tender that the original, and the production value has been ratcheted up a notch. He serenades the caustic United supervisor who denied his claim back in 2008. "Oh, Ms. Irlweg, we don't need to fight," he sings.

In fact, the entire song is structured as a love-gone-wrong ballad. How touching! Here's more:

"If you just come to your senses, and accept the consequences of you letting certain baggage handlers smash my property..."

August 14, 2009

Why Bill Clinton was shouted from one person in the audience

Transcript of the exchange with Clinton, via Pams' House Blend, which she got via Rex Wockner:

Lane Hudson (screaming from the audience): Mr. President, will you call for a repeal of DOMA and Don't Ask Don't Tell right now? Please.
Bill Clinton: ... You want to talk about Don't Ask Don't Tell, I'll tell you exactly what happened. You couldn't deliver me any support in the Congress and they voted by a veto-proof majority in both houses against my attempt to let gays serve in the military, and the media supported them. They raised all kinds of devilment. And all most of you did was to attack me instead of getting me some support in the Congress. Now that's the truth.

Secondly -- it's true! You know, you may have noticed that presidents aren't dictators. They voted -- they were about to vote for the old policy by margins exceeding 80 percent in the House and exceeding 70 percent in the Senate. The gave test votes out there to send me a message that they were going to reverse any attempt I made by executive order to force them to accept gays in the military. And let me remind you that the public opinion now is more strongly in our favor than it was 16 years ago, and I have continued supporting it. That John Shalikashvili, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under me, was against Don't Ask -- was against letting gays serve -- is now in favor of it. This is a different world. That's the point I'm trying to make.

Let me also say something that never got sufficient publicity at the time: When General Colin Powell came up with this Don't Ask Don't Tell, it was defined while he was chairman much differently than it was implemented. He said: 'If you will accept this, here's what we'll do. We will not pursue anyone. Any military members out of uniform will be free to march in gay rights parades, go to gay bars, go to political meetings. Whatever mailings they get, whatever they do in their private lives, none of this will be a basis for dismissal.' It all turned out to be a fraud because of the enormous reaction against it among the middle-level officers and down after it was promulgated and Colin was gone. So nobody regrets how this was implemented any more than I do. But the Congress also put that into law by a veto-proof majority, and many of your friends voted for that, believing the explanation about how it would be eliminated. So, I hated what happened. I regret it. But I didn't have, I didn't think at the time, any choice if I wanted any progress to be made at all. Look, I think it's ridiculous. Can you believe they spent -- whatever they spent -- $150,000 to get rid of a valued Arabic speaker recently?

And, you know, the thing that changed me forever on Don't Ask Don't Tell was when I learned that 130 gay service people were allowed to serve and risk their lives in the first Gulf War, and all their commanders knew they were gay; they let them go out there and risk their lives because they needed them, and then as soon as the first Gulf War was over, they kicked them out. That's all I needed to know, that's all anybody needs to know, to know that this policy should be changed.

Now, while we're at it, let me just say one thing about DOMA, since you -- the reason I signed DOMA was -- and I said when I signed it -- that I thought the question of whether gays should marry should be left up to states and to religious organizations, and if any church or other religious body wanted to recognize gay marriage, they ought to. We were attempting at the time, in a very reactionary Congress, to head off an attempt to send a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage to the states. And if you look at the 11 referenda much later -- in 2004, in the election -- which the Republicans put on the ballot to try to get the base vote for President Bush up, I think it's obvious that something had to be done to try to keep the Republican Congress from presenting that. The President doesn't even get to veto that. The Congress can refer constitutional amendments to the states. I didn't like signing DOMA and I certainly didn't like the constraints that were put on benefits, and I've done everything I could -- and I am proud to say that the State Department was the first federal department to restore benefits to gay partners in the Obama administration, and I think we are going forward in the right direction now for federal employees. ...

But, actually, all these things illustrate the point I'm trying to make. America has rapidly moved to a different place on a lot of these issues, and so what we have to decide is what we are going to do about it. Right now, the Republicans are sitting around rooting for the president to fail, as nearly as I can see.

August 10, 2009

Tim Hortons, anti gay marriage


Tim Hortons, the coffee and doughnut chain which is the largest food service operator in Canada (exceeding McDonald's) and has outlets in the northeast U.S., is under fire for its sponsorship of 'Rhode Island’s First Annual Celebrate Marriage & Family Day' being produced by the National Organization for Marriage.

NOM's site on the event reads: "The highlight of the Sunday afternoon event will be an opportunity for married couples to renew their vows together at a beautiful waterfront setting. This is a great opportunity to take a stand for marriage as it was created: between a man and a woman. Our goal is to esteem marriage to its proper place in society and make a statement that Rhode Islanders believe strongly in this cherished institution."

Providence Daily Dose is steaming: "What in the world are they doing sponsoring something like this? Their site says that they support 'local initiatives that make a difference' — such as little leagues, Halloween safety, and the like. And that they sponsor community initiatives with a focus on 'helping children and supporting fundraising events for non-profit organizations and registered charities.' But not 'those representing religious groups [or] political affiliates,' such as.. well, how would you characterize a group like NOM?"

PDD says Tim Horton's has 36 Rhode Island locations, and a customer service website.


August 6, 2009

Israeli Prime Minister visits the youth center

Name: Adam
Date posted: 2009-08-06 12:37 PM
Hometown: Staten Island

When these acts of violence occur to the LGTB community or any community for that matter; It is the government that should be held accountable together with the transgressor(s). Whether is in Israel or California USA, where the government allows hate groups, especially the religious hate mongers which proclaim that any particular group belongs to the devil and it warrants death....then death is what happens. It just happened here (USA) with the killing of an abortion Doctor. The so called pro-lifers were calling for his death..and that was the net result. These act of violence penetrate the society only when the society allows them to happen. Years after Matthew Sheppard was crucified to a fence, we still see the same acts happening around the world. United States should set an example and finally stop making people second and third class citizens because of Homophobia and hate.

American Psychological Association: Stop XGay Therapy

APA: Stop Ex-Gay Therapy
By Michelle Garcia

The country's leading authority on psychology is urging therapists not to tell clients that they can change their sexual orientation through therapy or treatment.

Judith M. Glassgold, PsyD, chair of the American Psychological Association's task force on the matter, said there is insufficient evidence to support the use of psychological interventions to change sexual orientation.

"At most, certain studies suggested that some individuals learned how to ignore or not act on their homosexual attractions," Glassgold said in a statement on Wednesday. "Yet, these studies did not indicate for whom this was possible, how long it lasted, or its long-term mental health effects. Also, this result was much less likely to be true for people who started out only attracted to people of the same sex."

A task force on so-called reparative therapy was started in 2007, to update the APA's 1997 study on changing one's sexual orientation. The task force examined 83 peer-reviewed journal articles ranging from 1960 to 2007. However, it was found that many studies had serious flaws, and few could even be considered "methodically sound, and none systematically evaluated potential harms."

The APA suggested that since many undergo such therapy for religious reasons, some should consider switching churches, or celibacy.

Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, reacted with accolades to the news today.

"Homophobia, bias, and discrimination are what make it difficult for people to accept and be open about their sexual orientation," he said. "We have to change hearts and minds, not our sexual orientation, and we are hopeful that the position of the APA helps to heal those who have been hurt by rejection and betrayal, and to foster greater awareness, skills, and knowledge among mental health professionals."
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