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U.N. Committee Members Find Use Of Conversion Therapy 'Troubling'

Picture 2The United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) finds the discredited practice of conversion therapy used on LGBT youth in the U.S. cause for concern as reported in a press release today from the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Leaders from the NCLR testified before the committee and the U.S. State Department asking the U.S. government to address the use of the archaic practice.

Notable CAT members Sabtyabhoosun Gupt Domah of Mauritius, Jens Modvig of Denmark and Sapana Pradhan Malla of Nepal repeatedly questioned U.S. Department of State representatives why conversion therapy is still considered a viable treatment for LGBT youth despite receiving condemnation from every major, reputable medical organization and is a treatment that is clearly known to lead to depression and suicide in its "patients." NCLR's Samantha Ames, a campaign coordinator behind NCLR's #BornPerfect campaign who testified before the U.N. Committee yesterday on the issue, praised the committee for addressing the issue.

Said Ames:

"Today, for the first time, a United Nations committee recognized that conversion therapy is an issue of international human rights. We are incredibly grateful to the Committee Against Torture for raising up the voices of conversion therapy survivors, and ensuring their suffering is finally being vindicated. Today was a historic day for LGBT people in the United States and around the world. There is no going back."

NCLR’s #BornPerfect campaign is a national effort aimed at ending conversion therapy within the next five years by introducing and passing laws across the country to protect LGBT youth, fighting in courtrooms to ensure their safety and raising awareness about the serious harms caused by these unsanctioned and dangerous practices. California introduced a bill banning conversion therapy in 2012 that was later challenged this year by therapy practitioners. However, the U.S. Supreme Court later upheld California's bill banning the controversial therapy.


Gay Rep. Mark Takano Wins Re-Election In California

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73da94a89970d-250wiMark Takano, the openly gay Democratic congressman from Riverside, California, has won his bid for re-election to the House of Representatives. The Huffington Post reports: 

Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) was re-elected Tuesday to represent California's 41st Congressional District.

Takano, who was challenged by Republican Steve Adams, was first elected to the House in 2012. He is a longtime educator and currently serves on the Science, Space and Technology and Veterans' Affairs committees.

Takano was the first out gay person to be elected to represent California at the federal level. 


Carl DeMaio Barely Leads Scott Peters in Tight Race for California House Seat

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Gay Republican Carl DeMaio (pictured) leads Democrat Scott Peters in the 52nd District Congressional race in California by a slim lead of 752 votes, but 180,000 provisional ballots still need to be counted.

DeMaio, a former member of the San Diego City Council, failed to win the support of the LGBT community and has been troubled by claims of sexual harassment from two former campaign aides.


Scorned Ex Arrested for Hacking Gay Teacher's Computer, Sending Nude Photos to Students: VIDEO

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A scorned ex-boyfriend of a Pasadena-area high school teacher is in police custody after allegedly hacking his former partner's work email account to send nude photos to over 250 students, teachers, and staffers in the district, The Los Angeles Times reports:

David Galvan, 38, was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully accessing science teacher Richard Rosa's school district email account and sending the photographs on July 10 while the teacher was out of the country.

The email, with the subject line “Enjoy,” contained four nude photographs of Rosa.

The motivation: Galvan was angry about their relationship ending, according to police Lt. Terysa Rojas.

The paper adds that a student has started an online petition to save Rosa's job, despite district officials saying Rosa would not be fired over the photos. 

CBS Los Angeles provides further background on the case:

On July 24, 2014, a complaint was filed with the LA County DA’s Office, which issued a $110,000 arrest warrant against Galvan for false impersonation, identity theft, internet/electronic impersonation and obscene matter. The first two counts involve felonies, while the second two are misdemeanors.

Officials said Galvan learned he was wanted by police and that he fled to Oregon.

With the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Office, Galvan was detained Oct. 21 in Hillsboro, Ore.

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Los Angeles Couple Reach Plea Deal In Torture, Murder Of 'Gay Acting' Eight-Year-Old Son - VIDEO

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Pearl Fernandez has reached a plea deal in the murder and torture of her “gay acting” eight-year-old son Gabriel, reports NBC. Fernandez, along with former boyfriend Isauro Aguirre, will also plead guity to the charges and avoid the death penalty. 

Fernandez_aguirreThe two will be be sentenced to life in prison without parole in exchange for their guilty pleas to first degree murder and torture with special circumstances. Both have waived their right to appeal. 

Fernandez and Aguirre had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Gabriel, who died in May 2013, was allegedly beaten, doused with pepper spray, forced to eat his own vomit and locked in a cabinet with a sock in his mouth to muffle his screams.

Two of the boy’s siblings confirmed that Gabriel was forced to eat cat feces, rotten spinach and vomit; that he slept in a locked cabinet and wasn't let out to go to the bathroom; and that Fernandez and Aguirre called him gay, punished him when he played with dolls and forced him to wear girls' clothes to school.

Fernandez allegedly once jabbed Gabriel in the mouth with a bat and knocked out several teeth.

One of Gabriel’s siblings said that on the day of the fatal beating, Fernandez began hitting her son because he didn't want to pick up his toys. She then dragged him into a bedroom, where Aguirre joined her, and the siblings heard screaming, banging and then silence.

The incident has prompted calls for reforms to the Los Angeles County foster-care system because child welfare workers failed to remove Fernandez from his home. Moves have since been taken to fire two social workers and two supervisors, while others involved in the case have received letters of warning or reprimand.

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California Politicians Wed in Palm Springs

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Two gay California politicians have wed. Geoff Kors, previous executive director for Equality California (2002-2011) and James Williamson, a current school board candidate, were married in Palm Springs. They were married by another familiar face for those acquainted with California politics — state Senator Mark Leno

Yes, the above is an actual picture from Kors and Williamson's picturesque ceremony. Bring on the Xanax for Gay Weddings!

Kors has been an active campaigner for LGBT causes in California, memorably during the Schwarzenegger governorship, when he teamed up with Senator Leno.

Congratulations to the happy couple.


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