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WATCH: Florida Republican cuts 10-year-old boy off as he testifies against anti-LGBT ‘revenge’ bill


Florida state Rep. Charles McBurney (R) [YouTube]

 | Raw Story | April 9, 2015

A Florida state legislator seems to scoff at a 10-year-old boy as he curtails the boy’s testimony against a bill restricting same-sex couples’ adoption rights, Slate reported.

Footage from a state House Judiciary Committee shows the boy, Nathaniel Gill, beginning to explain his opposition to the measure, which would allow private adoption agencies to cite religious objections as a reason not to place a child with same-sex parents.

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President Obama. (photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
President Obama. (photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Reuters | Reader Supported News | April 9, 2015

US president urges an end to psychiatric therapies that seek to change the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian and transgender people

arack Obama has called for an end to psychiatric therapies that seek to change the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian and transgender youth, the White House said.

The White House statement, written by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, came on Wednesday in response to a petition calling for Obama to back a law to ban conversion therapy, which is supported by some socially conservative organizations and religious doctors.

The petition was started following the suicide in December of 17-year-old transgender youth Leelah Alcorn, who said she was forced to attend conversion therapy, pulled out of school and isolated.

“The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practised on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm,” Jarrett said.

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End Youth ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’


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PETITION: End Youth ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ >>

The practice of ‘conversion therapy’ to attempt to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity is a pseudoscience scam.

It’s especially abhorrent when it is forced on young people. It’s been directly linked to teen suicides. That’s why President Obama is calling for a nationwide ban on the practice.

Join President Obama in calling for an end to youth conversion therapy:

Victoria —

Healthcare professionals have long rejected the practice of conversion therapy, aimed at “changing” one’s sexual orientation. It’s pseudoscience bull**** peddled to bigots who hate their kids because of who they are.

Forcing it on youths is especially disgusting. At the most fragile point in a person’s life, you’re basically telling them that who they are at the core is wrong and has to be fixed. It destroys lives. That’s why President Obama is calling for it to be abolished nationwide.

PETITION: End Youth ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ Nationwide >>

“Tonight, somewhere in America, a young person, let’s say a young man, will struggle to fall to sleep, wrestling alone with a secret he’s held as long as he can remember. Soon, perhaps, he will decide it’s time to let that secret out. What happens next depends on him, his family, as well as his friends and his teachers and his community. But it also depends on us — on the kind of society we engender, the kind of future we build.”
— President Barack Obama

On December 27, 2014, Leelah Alcorn a 17 year old transgender youth posted a suicide note and then took her own life by throwing herself in front of a semi-truck. She explained that her parents and religious therapists were trying to force her to change her gender identity. It’s one of many lives ruined by this practice.

We should value young people for who they are. We shouldn’t hate them for who they love.

Join President Obama in calling for an end to youth conversion therapy:

http://leftaction.com/action/stop-youth-conversion-therapy

John Hlinko, LeftAction

Nevada: Prevent Transgender Student Use of Correct Restroom


A bill targeting transgender and gender non-conforming students is moving through the Nevada legislature…

Tell the Judiciary Committee to oppose discrimination against our students!

Take Action

Take action today.

Dear Victoria,

Tomorrow, AB 375, a bill to prevent transgender students from using appropriate bathrooms and locker rooms in school, will be heard in the Assembly Judiciary Committee. Although the Education Committee had declined to hear this harmful bill, the Judiciary Committee pulled a legislative trick to bring it back up.

Ask the Assembly Judiciary Committee to oppose discrimination against transgender students!

This bill would single-out and stigmatize transgender students who already suffer heightened rates of bullying and harassment as well as school pushout. Public schools in Nevada have a responsibility to provide a safe and welcoming environment in which all students can learn, including transgender and gender non-conforming students. AB 375 will undermine the ability of school administrators to find workable solutions to meet the safety and privacy needs of all students while meeting their duty under the law.

Contact the Assembly Judiciary Committee and ask them to oppose AB 375

Make your voice heard: tell your elected officials that this bill is unnecessary and that it endangers transgender students in Nevada! Together we can protect vulnerable youth from this hateful legislation.  

With pride and respect,


Marty Rouse

National Field Director

Catherine McGregor, The World’s Highest Ranking Transgender Military Officer, Shares What It Was Like To Come Out


Catherine McGregor, The World's Highest Ranking Transgender Military Officer, Shares What It Was Like To Come Out

Catherine McGregor transitioned from male to female in 2012. (Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

 | Yahoo Health | April 8, 2015

Australian military officer Catherine McGregor, considered the most prominent transgender woman in Australia, functioned as a male until just after her 56th birthday, she shared in a speech at a National Press Club event in Canberra, Australia this week.

“I choose the term ‘functioned’ advisedly, because my relationship to my birth gender was fraught from a very young age,” McGregor, who is a group captain in the RAAF Reserve, said during her speech, reported Buzzfeed.

For people who are transgender, there is a difference between that person’s physical gender and the gender he or she actually identifies with. Gender dysphoria is a diagnosis included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which says, “for a person to be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, there must be a marked difference between the individual’s expressed/experienced gender and the gender others would assign him or her, and it must continue for at least six months.”

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Anti-LGBT Legislation in Nevada Threatens Jobs, Economy and Minorities


Stephen Peters | HRC Blog | March 19, 2015

Today, HRC sounded the alarm on anti-LGBT legislation in Nevada – SB272 in the Senate and AB277 in the Assembly – that threatens jobs, the state economy, and undermines the state’s civil rights laws. The legislation would allow people to use their religion to challenge or opt out of various laws, including state and local laws, that protect LGBT people and other minorities from discrimination.

“This legislation undermines the enforcement of state non-discrimination protections and will expose Nevada business owners to a wave of lawsuits,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “It has the potential to cause serious harm to the business climate in the state, putting jobs at risk, and making major corporations think twice about investing in the state. To put it simply, this legislation threatens Nevada’s strong pro-business reputation.”

The legislation will bring harmful and unintended consequences to those who call Nevada home, inviting costly legal challenges and making the Silver State unwelcoming to both residents and visitors. Nearly 500,000 jobs and 29% of the state’s employment is a direct result of tourism to Nevada. Jeopardizing the state’s standing as one of the greatest places for people to live and visit, the harm this bill may cause doesn’t end with the LGBT community: an evangelical police officer could feel empowered to refuse to patrol a Jewish street festival; a city clerk could shirk the law and refuse a marriage license to an interracial couple, a divorcee seeking to remarry, or a lesbian couple; an EMT could claim the law is on his side after refusing service to a dying transgender person in the street; and the enforcement of other key sections of state civil rights law could be dramatically undermined.

Major corporations have spoken out strongly against similar bills in other states. In response to one such anti-LGBT bill threatening economic growth and business in Arkansas, both Apple and Wal-Mart spoke out in opposition to precisely this kind of legislation. And Wal-Mart and Apple are not alone. Last year, major multinational corporations including American Airlines, Marriott, PetSmart and many other companies came out against a similar bill in Arizona, concerned about how it would hurt their business and risk millions in economic activity if it became law.

The bill puts all state non-discrimination laws at risk of being undermined. It threatens not just the LGBT community, but women, members of minority faiths and other minority classes.

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The OUT Reach Center


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UPCOMING CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SAVE THE DATE!  MAY 30, LGBTQ & Straight Ally Youth PROM! More details below.

SAT., MAR. 7, 2-6pm – WE’RE HERE, WE’RE QUEER – Drop in!! – Calling all LGBTQs with a deep desire to just hang OUT – Join us Saturday afternoon for coffee, chat, and make your own button!  

Life Gets Better Together! Isn’t it time you felt safe at work? Network with your peers! TEACHERS’ NIGHT is 4/11/15,
7-9pm!
 Learn how to support LGBT students and maintain job safety. We’ll provide food, drink, sharing, smiles. Bring along a friend, leave something for the memory board, and make a button for yourself. Find out what The OUTreach Center is doing for schools in and around the AV.
Call Jackey Puumala 818/486-8362818/486-8362 or email Jackey@OUTreachCenterAV.org.
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PFLAG 2 April 14, 6pm: All are welcome to attend the regular support meeting of Parents Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) at The OUTreach Center, 44845 Cedar Ave, just south of Lancaster Blvd. Join like-minded or similarly-situated families for support, questions, and conversation! For more info call 661-752-LGBT661-752-LGBT (5428)

TUES., April 14: VOLUNTEER NIGHT 6-9pm at The OUTreach Center, 44845 Cedar Av. just south of Lancaster Blvd. Drop by, look around, read an LGBTQ book from our library, or take on a task. This building is for you!

PaulaPoundstone Womyn’s Night hosts Paula Poundstone at LPAC on Friday 4/17 8pm.  An Emmy Award-winning Comedian, she’s a regular on NPR’s weekly quiz show, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me”, with her wry, intelligent comedy.  She writes a blog and addresses LGBT issues including the U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage decisions and Russia’s anti-gay laws. Inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame in 2010, Paula was also the first woman invited to perform standup comedy at the prestigious White House Correspondents’ dinner in 1992. Fundraiser tickets are sold $30 at TOC on Tues. 6-9 and Sat. 3-5.
Wendee 503/550-1013503/550-1013, ItsMeWendee@yahoo.com
Saturday, April 18, WE’RE HERE, WE’RE QUEER is cancelled.  Join us at the Poppy Festival!

SHOW YOUR PRIDE & VOLUNTEER AT OUR POPPY FESTIVAL BOOTH!
Join us Saturday April 18 or Sunday April 19th at our booth! Greet old friends, make new friends, hand out literature, and help run our quiz for prize baskets. To sign up for a 3-hour shift, call WenDee at 503/550-1013503/550-1013, email ItsMeWendee@yahoo.com, or leave a message at 661/92-PRIDE. Our volunteers get in Free!
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SAT., APRIL 18, 6-7:30pm TRANS* SOCIAL GROUP – This social group for Transgender people, partners, friends, and allies is currently held 1st and 3rd Saturday evenings of the month in a private home. Beverages are provided. For more information, call Rikki 661/538-0365661/538-0365. Join us!

MON, APRIL 20, Board Meeting – Closed. Contact us for info on the application process.

TUES., April 21: VOLUNTEER NIGHT 6-9pm at The OUTreach Center, 44845 Cedar Av. just south of Lancaster Blvd. Drop by, look around, read an LGBTQ book from our library, or take on a task. This building is for you!

WellStrung 4 The Young Professionals Host a night at LPAC on Friday 4/24
Well-Strung Singing Quartet – Meet OUT Mag’s latest fascination, four hot guys in black shirts, string instruments, classical with contemporary, and oodles of charisma. For info,  Robert@OUTreachCenterAV.org
Phoenix4Youth Saturday, April 25,
3p-5p, learn about LGBT historical figures at Phoenix Youth Homework Club!

Tutoring by LGBT Teachers. Bring your books and assignments. For info,
call Jackey 818/486-8362818/486-8362.
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UAV, SATURDAY MAY 30, 7-11pm
LGBTQ & Straight Ally Youth PROM! Plan On It!
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Do you have a burning desire to promote your business? Free Business Builder Event for LGBTQ persons produced by the Small Business Administration (SBA) April 15, 12:30-5pm in Irwindale CA.  For more info call Mike Blass 818/552-3245818/552-3245.

Are you looking for a GLBT-friendly place to worship? Email us at info@OUTreachCenterAV.org or call 661/92-PRIDE with your question.

The NAACP invites you to participate in equality-based efforts here in the AV.  Call 661/222-8144661/222-8144 for info, or http://www.avnaacp.org or https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/167073383800/.

The OUTreach Center – 44845 Cedar Avenue (south of the Blvd.) – Lancaster  93534
661/92-PRIDE  – www.OUTreachCenterAV.org  

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