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London 'Gay Conversion Therapy' Convention Cancelled Following Public Outcry: VIDEO

Mike Carducci

A “gay conversion” conference in London, England has been cancelled following public outcry, reports London 24.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church “Holy Sexuality Conference" was set to include speakers Mike Carducci, Wayne Blakely and Danielle Harrison, who all claim to have been “cured” of their homosexuality.

A petition against the conference on Change.org was signed by more than 40,000 people.

Church in Britain cancels 'gay conversion' conference following online petition on @UKChange http://t.co/CZLnQvaLel via @mashable

— Brie Rogers Lowery (@brie_rl) April 14, 2015

PxBSLTYHntNiesg-800x450-noPadIn a statement, the church said:

“The Adventist Church recognises that the individuals invited to speak at the Holy Sexuality Conference have compelling life stories to share but equally appreciate that there are those who take a different point of view.

“We are disappointed that in a society that values freedom of speech and divergence of opinion that there are those whose wish it is to silence individuals who hold a different point of view to their own.

“We do not believe that the potential disruptions that were being planned for this event would have been beneficial either to the participants or to our friends in the LGBT community.

“As such, a decision has been made to cancel the event which had been locally organised by a group of members in the South London area.”

U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said “if anything needs curing, it is the outdated belief that being gay is wrong or something to be ashamed of.”

Watch Carducci on his "addiction" to homosexuality, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last week, President Obama announced his support for  a "We the People" petition urging the government to "Enact Leelah's Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy" after it reached more than 120,000 signatures.

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds NJ Ban on Conversion Therapy for Minors

A court challenge  to New Jersey's ban on harmful 'conversion therapy' for minors led by the hideously anti-gay Liberty Counsel was rejected by a federal appeals court on Monday, Reuters reports:

StaverBy a 3-0 vote, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the ban did not infringe the First Amendment rights of minors and their parents to receive information and exercise religion, or the rights of parents to decide how to raise their children.

The challenge came from a 15-year-old boy known as John Doe, who claimed to suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, self-hatred and suicidal thoughts as he struggled with his sexual identity, and his parents, who said they had sincere religious beliefs that homosexuality was sinful and harmful.

The family plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, said their lawyer, Mathew Staver (pictured).

The appeals court cited a ruling from September 11 of last year in which the law was also upheld.

Said Circuit Judge Dolores Sloviter: "The listener's right to receive information is reciprocal to the speaker's right to speak. The fundamental rights of parents do not include the right to choose a specific type of provider for a specific medical or mental health treatment that the state has reasonably deemed harmful."


White House Officials Make Powerful Video About the Harm Caused by LGBTQ 'Reparative Therapy': VIDEO

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In the wake of President Obama's historic statement this week speaking out against gay "conversion therapy", a group of White House staffers led by Amanda Simpson, Executive Director of the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives, and the first openly transgender woman Presidential appointee ever, created a video to discuss the dangers of this harmful practice.

Simpson also sent a message to the White House email list which you can read on the White House site.More powerful, however, are the voices of these staffers.

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Additionally, the U.S. Surgeon General  Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D. released a statement today calling for state and federal action to protect minors from conversion therapy.

Said Murthy:

“Being gay is not a disorder. Being transgender is not a malady that requires a cure. Had I been Leelah Alcorn’s physician, I would have told her exactly that. And that’s the message I want other doctors, nurses, health professionals, and public health leaders to help get out to parents and children who may be confronting these issues.”

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Colorado Republicans Block Ban On 'Gay Conversion' Therapy For Minors: VIDEO

Owen HIll

A Colorado Senate committee has killed a bill that would have banned gay conversion therapy for minors, reports the Denver Post.

GaynotgayThe bill was opposed by a vote of 3-2.  Voting against were Republicans Ray Scott, Jerry Sonnenberg and Owen Hill (above). Democratic Senators Andy Kerr and Pat Steadman voted in favor of the ban.

The bill had been sponsored by Rep. Paul Rosenthal (D-Denver) and Rep. Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City).

Following the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee vote, Rosenthal said:

“I think it’s shameful what the Senate Republicans have done. The bill was designed to protect children from a harmful practice that is not based in science. Maybe in the next nine months until the next session they will reconsider their decision."

Yesterday, President Obama announced his support for a "We the People" petition urging the government to "Enact Leelah's Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy" after it reached more than 120,000 signatures.

A number of states have recently considered bans on gay conversion therapy.

Watch Hill's campaign video from last year, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rachel Maddow Reports on President Obama's Call to End Harmful LGBTQ 'Conversion Therapy' for Minors: VIDEO

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Yesterday, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow addressed last night's late breaking news that President Obama had responded to a "We the People" petition and joined the fight to end dangerous, discredited "conversion therapy" for LGBTQ minors.

Maddow also referenced the 2013 "We the People" petition calling on the Obama Administration to "begin construction of a Death Star by 2016" that was sadly unsuccessful.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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President Obama Supports Efforts to Ban Harmful LGBTQ 'Conversion Therapy' for Minors

The White House tonight responded to a "We the People" petition urging the government to"Enact Leelah's Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy" after it reached more than 120,000 signatures.

Blue_obamaA quote from President Obama was included with the White House response:

“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.”

Said White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett:

We share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer youth...As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors...This Administration believes that young people should be valued for who they are, no matter what they look like, where they’re from, the gender with which they identify, or who they love.

The White House statement adds:

"As part of their duty to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of their citizens, several states have taken their own steps to protect minors from the potentially dangerous effects of conversion therapy. California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia have all banned licensed professionals from using conversion therapy on minors. Since last year, lawmakers in 18 other states have introduced similar legislation.

In a 2013 signing statement for his state’s legislative ban, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie expressed that “exposing children to these health risks without clear evidence of the benefits that outweigh these serious risks is not appropriate.”[3] In February 2015, a New Jersey Superior Court judge ruled that advertising a service that could change a person’s sexuality is fraudulent and violates the state’s consumer protection laws.

While a national ban would require congressional action, we are hopeful that the clarity of the evidence combined with the actions taken by these states will lead to broader action that this Administration would support.

The petition was named for trans teen Leelah Alcorn, who took her own life in December by walking in front of a semi truck near her home outside Cincinnati. After Alcorn's parents refused to allow her to begin transitioning when she turned 16, she decided to come out as gay. They then tried to send her to conversion therapy.

The NYT adds:

Officials also announced the creation of an “all-gender restroom” in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where many of the White House staff members work, to provide an additional option for transgender individuals who are not comfortable using either the men’s or women’s restrooms.


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