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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:

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

The OUT Reach Center

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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,
 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
TeachersWanted 2
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,
Saturday, April 18, WE’RE HERE, WE’RE QUEER is cancelled.  Join us at the Poppy Festival!

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, or leave a message at 661/92-PRIDE. Our volunteers get in Free!

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,
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.
UAV, SATURDAY MAY 30, 7-11pm
LGBTQ & Straight Ally Youth PROM! Plan On It!
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 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 or!/groups/167073383800/.

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




The organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration (July 2 to 5) today announced that Kate Kendell, Executive Director, Kate Kendellwill pay tribute to Gay Pioneer Barbara Gittings at the LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony on July 4th at Independence Hall.

“There is no one more deserving than Kate Kendell to honor the work of Barbara Gittings, the mother of the LGBT civil rights movement,” said Malcolm Lazin, Chair, National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration. “Kate’s impressive leadership and activism has changed the legal, policy and legislative landscapes across the nation and globe.”

“The great gains we have seen as a LGBT movement would not be possible without the visionary genius of Barbara Gittings,” said Kendell. “I am so moved to be asked to honor her. She was a mentor to me and an inspiration to multiple generations.”

Kendell will pay tribute to Gittings at the one-hour LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony on a large stage at Independence Hall on July 4th. The Ceremony will commemorate the Gay Pioneers, celebrate 50 years of LGBT civil rights progress, and address future challenge.

The organized LGBT civil rights movement was launched when activists from New York, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia staged demonstrations for equality each Fourth of July from 1965 to 1969. When 40 activists picketed in front of Independence Hall in 1965, it was the largest demonstration for gay equality in world history.

Organized by pioneering gay activists Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings, these “Annual Reminders” laid the groundwork for the Stonewall riot in 1969. After Stonewall, Kameny and Gittings suspended the Annual Reminders and turned their energies to the 1970 march from Greenwich Village to Central Park marking the first anniversary of Stonewall.

From July 2 to 5, in Philadelphia, the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration includes panels, Gay Pioneers screening, fireworks, daily parties, LGBT history exhibits, concerts, National Interfaith Service, wreath laying at the Gay Pioneers historic marker, and street festival in the gayborhood with the highlight the one-hour LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony on a large stage in front of Independence Hall on July 4th.

There is no registration fee and most programs are fee and held on or near Independence Mall.

For more information, visit and

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the human and civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

Don’t forget to stay up to date on all LGBT 50th News by liking our FaceBook page and following us on Twitter.

Share this messages with your friends on social media using the hashtag #LGBT50th!

2015 NORML Aspen Legal Seminar Open for Registration

Dear NORML Members and Supporters:

The 2015 NORML Aspen Legal Seminar is live on the NORML website, and we are now accepting registrations online. It is a great program again this year, with outstanding speakers from around the country, and I urge you to make plans now to join us in Aspen. It is a great venue to spend a few days with like-minded friends in a state that has legalized marijuana.

The dates for the legal seminar this year are Thursday, May 28; Friday, May 29; and Saturday, May 30; and it will once again be held at the Gant Hotel, our usual venue right on the side of beautiful Aspen Mountain. We are holding a limited number of reduced-rate rooms at the Gant: one-bedroom, one-bath condos are $180; two-bedroom, two-bath condos are $200; and three-bedroom, three bath condos are $305.

The Program
On Thursday, NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre will start things off with an update on the political progress continuing around the country (no CLE for this); Sean McAlister from Denver will focus on the key regulatory issues that have arisen in Colorado; Brenda Grantland of FEAR, from Mill Valley, CA, will discuss asset forfeiture; Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, will provide an update on the science of pot and psychomotor performance; and Steve Farber from Santa Fe, NM will cover the challenges of combining a criminal and civil practice.

On Friday, Cathy Klein from Denver will speak about the use of mediation in marijuana cases; Ed Mallett from Houston will cover new issues, new evidence and new tactics to use when defending drug cases; David Michael from San Francisco will discuss how to aggressively pursue (and how to get paid) in a forfeiture case; Marc Milavitz from Boulder, CO will lecture on super secret government surveillance and what to do about it; and Hal Haddon from Denver will update us on sentencing, pardons and commutations.

On Saturday Abe Hutt from Denver will talk about the ethics of setting and collecting fees; Hilary Bricken from Seattle will cover regulatory issues that have arisen in Washington, including the challenge of merging the medical and recreational markets; Jerri Merrit from Denver will discuss the challenges of defending someone charged with complicity in a drug overdose case; Gerry Goldstein from Aspen and San Antonio, TX will review the latest important federal court decisions; and Michael Stepanian from San Francisco will wrap-up with a discussion of the ethical obligation during the plea bargaining process.

Social Events
As in previous years, we will be holding an opening reception at the Gant on Thursday evening; a NORML benefit dinner on Friday evening at the lovely home of Christine and Gerry Goldstein, catered by Chef Chris Lanter, the chef and co-owner of Aspen’s trendy Cache Cache restaurant; and a cook-out with live music on Saturday afternoon at Owl Farm, the legendary home of the late Hunter S. Thompson, as guests of his widow Anita Thompson.

Non-Lawyers Also Welcome at this Seminar
Those non-lawyers with an interest in this event are also welcome to register and attend. This provides an opportunity to meet and socialize with some of the leading criminal defense attorneys in the country and to learn more about some of the cutting-edge issues defense attorneys are dealing with both in traditional and in legalized states.

The World of Legal Marijuana
The 2015 Aspen seminar offers those from out-of-state a wonderful opportunity to spend some time with like-minded friends and colleagues from around the country in a beautiful state that has fully legalized marijuana for all adults, and to witness first-hand the legal dispensaries, several of which are located in Aspen. It is a glimpse into the future of all of America in one of the most picturesque locations in the country.

Please register early and join us in Aspen for a great legal seminar and relaxing social events. By registering early, you make it possible for us to obtain advance CLE approval from your state; walk-ins are also welcome, but we may have to apply for CLE credit after-the fact, resulting in a delay for your CLE credits.

I hope to see you in late May in Aspen. Feel free to get back in touch if you have questions we might answer, or if we can be of any assistance.


Keith Stroup
NORML Legal Counsel

6th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament
 To purchase your tickets online, click here


Gay Polo Week Events

 Friday, April 10

GPL Polotini Party

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Mix and mingle poolside with cold refreshments
and gourmet food stations at the Mallet Grill,
located at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.


Saturday, April 11

International Gay Polo Tournament


Tailgating Competition

Noon to 7:00 PM

International Polo Club Palm Beach – Isla Carroll Fields

General Admission – $25(Parking – $10)

Gates open at 10 AM for Tailgate set-up! We will kick things off at 12 PM, so don’t miss a beat! Semi-finals start at 1:00PM and finals, 3:00 PM. During the event, we will be judging tailgates for our Tailgate Competition Categories Contest! We are eager to see the creative masterpieces this year. After the tournament, we invite you to join us for a field-side after party!  

  Sunday, April 12

Polo Brunch

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Join the GPL Players for Sunday brunch at the remarkable International Polo Club! Brunch will include cold refreshments, hors d’eouvres and exquisite cuisine.  After brunch, cheer on the world’s top polo players as they compete for the US Open!


About the Gay Polo League

The Gay Polo League (“GPL”) is a community that shares a love for adventure, fun and the challenging sport of polo. It is committed to providing members with an enjoyable, supportive and competitive experience. GPL represents a wide range of ages, backgrounds and skill levels. GPL trains and competes in mainstream matches and events while sharing enthusiasm for the sport, to change perceptions about our community. 

Survey on LGBT attitudes on media and entertainment

Dear CMI Research Panelist,
Thank you for being a member of the Community Marketing & Insights LGBT Research Panel.
Today we have a survey on LGBT attitudes on media and entertainment.
Please take about 12 minutes to be part of this study. 
Incentive: Those who complete the survey may enter to win either one of twenty prizes, either $50 cash or $50 Amazon e-gift certificate.

Click here or copy and paste the following link into your browser to begin:

Thank you!

David Paisley
Senior Research Director 

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