California moved one step closer today to outlawing any effort to change a minor's sexual orientation through therapy.
Scientist Robert Spitzer's retraction of his 2001 study that claimed gays could switch their sexual orientation has been on the record first with
The group is part of the World Health Organization, representing WHO in the Americas.
President Obama's pronouncement last week in favor of same-sex marriage has no legal effect on employers’ decisions on whether to offer benefits to workers’ domestic partners, but some advocates believe it could reinforce a decade-long trend toward coverage. Last year, 52 percent of all employers offered domestic partner health benefits, with the percentage varying widely by region and industry, according to a nationally representative sample of about 3,000 employers surveyed by benefit consultant Mercer. That’s up from 31 percent in 2010.
Many trans girls say they always felt like a girl trapped inside a boy's body, and that was certainly the case for Ryan McKenna. But unlike her trans peers, McKenna didn't need hormones or top surgery to transition. Her own biology did that for her. According to Yahoo! News, McKenna is actually intersex and has a hormonal imbalance that caused her to began developing breasts and a curvy figure at the same time as her teenage girlfriends.
Just as California legislators begin debating a bill that would ban the use of “ex-gay” conversion therapy on children (and make adults sign a waiver of informed consent if they seek it themselves), the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Beth Allen law firm are going after a Portland, Ore., psychiatrist using coversion therapy. The SPLC also launched an online tool that informs users of conversion therapists near them and offers people a safe place to share their stories about this unethical therapy.
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