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Texan GOP Chairman Against Gay Reparative Therapy

Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri has come out condemning 'ex-gay 'therapy’s inclusion as a line item in The Republican Party of Texas’s 2014 platform. Munisteri says he’s not alone.

Munisteri“The Texas Republican Party has millions of people who vote for it and every individual Republican has their own views on issues,” The Chairman said this week.

Munisteri made headlines earlier this year after openly barring the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas from formal participation in the Texas State Republican Convention citing a difference in opinion on gay marriage.

LGBT reparative therapy, anti-vaccination, withdrawal from the UN, and reparations are but a few of the issues highlighted in the Texas GOP Platform that Munisteri says aren’t reflective of the state’s actual delegation. Rather, a platform committee is selected from members of the 31 state senatorial districts and charged with crafting the platform on its own.

“It’s false to represent that each one of those platform planks necessarily represents the view of the majority view of either the majority of the delegates let alone a majority of Republicans,” Munisteri said of the platform. 


New York Senate Blocks Bills to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors and Protect Trans People

The New York Senate has blocked two bills passed by the Assembly last week — one banning gay conversion therapy for minors, as well as the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA).

NyThe Empire State Pride Agenda reacts:

There is no good reason why two bills critically important to the lives of LGBT New Yorkers did not pass in the Senate this session. The Senate Leadership failed us today by not bringing these life-saving bills to the floor for a vote.

Without GENDA New York remains behind more than one third of the country that already provides protections for transgender individuals. By not passing the bill to protect LGBT youth from conversion efforts, our youth remain vulnerable to harm at the hands of quack therapists.

The failure of the Senate Leadership to bring these bills to the floor for a vote leaves thousands of transgender New Yorkers vulnerable to discrimination where we work and where we live. And children are left susceptible to dangerous and discredited conversion efforts in the offices of so-called therapists licensed by the State of New York.

We will not give up. We will hold our elected officials accountable for their failure yet again to protect LGBT New Yorkers.

HoylmanSenator Brad Hoylman, the gay conversion therapy bill's sponsor, reacted:

“It's bitterly disappointing that the State Senate bowed to partisan politics and failed to protect our kids in New York from so-called 'conversion therapy,' which considers homosexuality a sickness that needs to be cured. This bill had the votes to pass the Senate, virtually unanimous support from mental health professionals, and was modeled after legislation passed with bi-partisan support in California and New Jersey, where it was signed by Republican Governor Chris Christie.

The bottom line is until we change the leadership of the State Senate, New Yorkers can continue to expect forward-thinking bills to stall. Add conversion therapy to the pile of failed progressive initiatives in the Senate, which includes a decent minimum wage, codifying a woman's right to choose, the DREAM Act, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, and others. I want to thank Governor Cuomo, my co-sponsors Assembly Member Deborah Glick and Senator Mike Gianaris, my supportive Senate colleagues from both parties, the Empire State Pride Agenda, and the scores of individuals who shared their deeply personal stories about their experiences with sexual orientation change efforts. I will continue to work with all of them to outlaw this practice.”


Rick Perry Won't Explain Why He Stands Behind Texas GOP's Gay Reparative Therapy Platform: VIDEO

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Rick Perry continues to be blasted for his remarks comparing homosexuality to alcoholism and the Texas GOP's platform, which supports gay reparative therapy.

Stephanie Cutter repeatedly asked him to explain himself last night on Crossfire. Perry said he would leave that to the psychiatrists and doctors.

Cutter: "Who have rejected it. They've rejected it....So you have no opinion on any of this then? You have no opinion on either side. (laughs)."

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Jon Stewart Tells Texas GOP to 'Sniff Sh-t' for Support of Gay Reparative Therapy: VIDEO

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On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart noted that one of the suggested "therapies" to stop someone from being gay is "ordering someone to bottle their feces and sniff it" whenever they are attracted to a man.

Stewart suggests that the Texas Republican party use that therapy to cure themselves of their idiocy:

"Being gay is not a choice. But being a texas Republican is. So my advice is the next time you feel the urge to be a Texas Republican - to replace science textbooks with pictures of humans riding dinosaurs or ban same sex marriage, or put on [a stuffed elephant] hat, sh-t in a jar and sniff it! It won't cure you but do it anyway. Hopefully it will remind you of what a**holes you're being."

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New York State Assembly Passes Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors

The New York State Assembly has passed a ban on gay conversion therapy for minors, the AP reports:

NyOn Monday the Democratic-led Assembly passed the ban 86 to 28. It would prohibit licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health practitioners and physicians from using conversion therapy on anyone under 18. Clergy would not be included.

in the Senate."

The bill now goes to the state senate. Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he is ready to sign it.

Said Senator Brad Hoylman, sponsor of the ban in the state senate, following the bill's passage:

”Today's passage of A.6983-B in the New York State Assembly is a major step towards banning so-called conversion ’therapy‘ on LGBT youth by licensed mental health professionals. Being an LGBT young person isn't an illness that needs to be cured. Thanks to the leadership of Assembly Member Glick and Speaker Silver, we're one step closer to joining New Jersey and California in protecting our kids from being subject to this dangerous practice and their parents from being victims of a proven scam.

"Banning conservation therapy is a nonpartisan issue that should receive full consideration by my colleagues."


Anderson Cooper Destroys Lying TX GOP Lawmaker's Defense of Gay 'Reparative Therapy' Platform: VIDEO

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Texas State Rep. Bryan Hughes (R) appeared on AC360 last night to defend the Texas Republican Party's decision to add language to its platform supporting gay "reparative therapy".

The AP reported:

Under the new plank, the Texas Republican Party recognizes "the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle."

Hughes argues that doctors are divided on the issue when that's just not true, and Anderson set him straight:

"It’s really just not accurate to say that doctors are evenly divided. I could give you a list: the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselors' Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers. They represent half a million mental health professionals, they all say this is not a mental disorder. It’s not something that needs to be cured....Does it concern you, again, that your party is now backing a form of therapy which basically every major medical organization says doesn’t work, can be harmful, and which many of the people who have been through it say it doesn’t work and is bad for kids?"

Hughes responded:

"No one is saying that God doesn’t love people as they are. There’s nothiing in the platform about that. No one is trying to take that position. Every one of us makes mistakes, makes decisions we’re not proud of. God loves each one of us, and he offers us a way for us to deal with sin and bad choices. But I do strongly disagree with what he said about God not loving people."

Anderson wasn't having it:

"The fact that you view being gay, or you characterize it as a 'mistake,' or something that should be changed really kind of maybe says more about your position than what your words actually say."

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