More LGBT Youth News Updates and Highlights (8/29)

Posted by MK on Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:28 am

Yesterday we brought you links to over 30 recent LGBT news stories from over 10 states and over 10 countries. Today we’re adding some more updates and highlights from around the world, including from California, Minnesota, Germany, Honduras, Scotland, and New Zealand.

•  California moved closer to banning anti-gay “conversion” therapy for minors. To learn more about the dangers of so-called “conversion” or “reparative” therapy, check out this resource endorsed by a broad range of educational, medical, mental health, and other professional groups (la versión en español está aquí).

•   Media Matters has an exclusive undercover report on the National Organization for Marriage’s anti-gay student conference.

Photo of pro-gay teacher who was suspended in NZ

Teacher Nigel Studdart was suspended from his Catholic school in New Zealand in a dispute with the principal over the latter’s anti-gay remarks

•   The Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has come out against an anti-gay marriage referendum on the state ballot this fall, saying that passage “would be harmful to the health and well-being of children and adolescents.”

•   Yesterday’s News Roundup mentioned the murder of a young transgender woman in Honduras. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has denounced the murder; the organization “urges the State to take action to prevent and respond to these human rights abuses and to ensure that LGTBI people can effectively enjoy their right to a life free from discrimination and violence.” This is not the first time the IACHR has expressed deep concern about anti-transgender violence in Honduras.

•   Some refreshing solidarity: The Advocate reports on a German father who “sometimes wears skirts to support his son, who also prefers to wear skirts and dresses.”

•   Opponents of the move to legalize same-sex marriage in Scotland have brought school and education issues into the debate: The Scottish Catholic Media Office is urging, for example, that students be taught that same-sex relationships are “harmful, risky and dangerous.” LGBT Youth Scotland responds here. (Do the anti-gay forces here ever stop to think what the world would be like if they successfully forced all LGBT people to stay in the closet? Do those with adolescent children realize that their kids could end up dating–or marrying–a confused and closeted gay person who is wracked with shame and guilt? Do they not see anything “harmful, risky and dangerous” about that situation?)

•   A teacher at a Catholic school in the northern New Zealand city of Whangaeri has been suspended in a dispute over the school principal’s anti-gay comments in a newsletter. More coverage appears here. A separate report on gay youth and marriage issues in New Zealand can be found here.

MK

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