What Do Bans on “Conversion Therapy” Actually Say?
State legislators around the country have increasingly moved to protect youth from a set of dangerous and widely discredited practices known as “conversion therapy,” “reparative therapy,” or “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCEs). SOCEs aim to eliminate or reduce same-sex attractions; the purpose, in effect, is to “treat” or “cure” homosexuality (and bisexuality), even though same-sex orientation is not an illness.
Media coverage of legislation restricting SOCEs typically has not delved into the specifics of the laws and proposals, likely because many reporters (not to mention many readers) don’t have the patience to weed through the often-dense language of legislation. But advocates for LGBT youth and other opponents of SOCE may benefit from learning more about the details than the mainstream press coverage makes possible.
This post serves a resource and reference to fill some of the gaps in the mainstream reporting. It sets out, in an accessible format, excerpts of the key language from laws in New Jersey and California (which have already approved SOCE restrictions) as well as from bills proposed in Maryland and Washington State. You’ll also find links to the full text of the legislation, along with a brief summary of each bill or law’s history. (A future post will discuss other states’ proposals.) At the end, I’ve posted links to commentary and resources from around the web. Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post.
School Board’s Misleading & Confused Court Filings Call GSA’s Anti-Bullying Efforts “Sexual Advocacy”
The gay-straight alliance saga continues in Florida’s Lake County.
In court papers filed in connection with the second lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLU) against the Lake County School Board, the board continues its deeply hurtful battle to block the formation of a gay-straight alliance (GSA) as an officially recognized student club at a local middle school. The ACLU is correctly arguing that the school board is violating federal law, including the Equal Access Act and the Constitution.
The school district’s latest filings include several misleading, odd, offensive and just plain sloppy arguments, including an outlandish contention that the GSA, if allowed to form, would engage in “sexual” “advocacy.” Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post.
Happy New Year from LGBT Youth Allies!
Happy New Year!
I’ve been on a short holiday hiatus, but I’m now getting back into the swing of things. I’ve updated the Latest News Page, and additional fresh content will appear on the site in the coming days. Stayed tuned!
And best wishes to all for 2014!
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Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!
Happy Holidays from LGBT Youth Allies!
For the holiday period, my blogging pace will slow down a bit, but I’ll keep the Latest News Page updated at least every couple days, and I’ll publish one or two regular posts as well. In very early January, I’ll resume frequent updates to all parts of the site. Best wishes to all LGBT youth & their allies for a happy, healthy and safe holiday season and new year!
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Programming Note: More Posts Soon
Programming Note: Posts Later This Week
I’m traveling but will have more posts later in the week. And even while away, I’ll still be tweeting some LGBT-youth stories from @YouthAllies (www.twitter.com/youthallies.) (That means that the Latest News page will be regularly updated too, since the updates come from the @YouthAllies Twitter feed.)
We reported a problem with the website yesterday, but we’ve fixed it. Thanks for your patience.
What was the problem? Some visitors to the site weren’t able to see the most recent posts, because the website was showing them an older, cached version of whatever page they were viewing.
We believe we’ve fully resolved this technical glitch, and that users will now be able to see the most recent version of all pages. But if you ever have any reason to believe that you aren’t seeing updates, you should feel free to let us know, and we’ll address the problem as quickly as possible.
Welcome to the New Design!
D’Oh! The Site Has a Glitch. [UPDATE: No, Actually, It Doesn't! We Fixed It! Additional Update Forthcoming.]
[Update: We fixed the problem. You can disregard the rest of this post (but if for any reason you believe that you are not able to view recent posts on your browser, please let us know!)]
D’oh! The site has a glitch, but we’re working to fix it ASAP. The problem: Some users may see an old version of the page they’re visiting, instead of the most up-to-date version. Ack! Again, it’ll be fixed ASAP.
In the meantime, you can always get an up-to-date list of our recent posts on the Latest News Page; the glitch is not affecting that page. (See below or click “Read More” for additional options.)
Fresh blog content coming in 3-4 days – stayed tuned!
Updated by MK on 9/13/12 -
This week we’re working on site maintenance and organization, resource development, and some other commitments, but we’ll be back with fresh blog content early next week (that is, in just 3 or 4 days). In the meantime, please enjoy our recent posts, our rapidly growing on-line resources library and books section, and other areas of the site. (Popular recent blog posts include a post on “microaggressions” and the phrase “that’s so gay“ and a post on the new bullying-policy guidance from anti-gay groups—guidance that disregards the law.)
Thanks for your patience and stayed tuned for more!
Six-Week Site Check: What’s New & What’s Coming at LGBT Youth Allies
LGBT Youth Allies has been up and running for about six weeks. Here’s an update on what’s new and what’s coming:
- We’ve expanded our reach on social media: You can now view our page (and like us!) on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, find us on Google Plus, and join our group on LinkedIn. (Am I getting all this lingo right? I really am not sure.)
- You can now sign up for our weekly newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of any page.
- We’ve continued to add blog posts, including
- analyses of a major hate-crimes ruling and what it might mean for antibullying laws (see Smackdown in the Sixth: Court Rejects Challenge to Hate Crimes Law and Back to the Smackdown: Hate Crimes, Bullying, and Free Speech); and
- comments about Madonna’s civil disobedience in Russia (see Scene in St. Pete’s: Thoughts on Madonna, Boycotts, Human Rights, and Russia’s Youth), the Andrew Shirvell verdict (see Rampant Homosexual Shenanigans and a $4.5 Million Verdict), and the Boy Scouts (see Why I’m not Especially Inspired by Obama’s Statement on the Anti-Gay Scouts Policy and The Anti-Gay Policy that Dare Not Speak its Name (or, an Exercise in Insulting the Reader).
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