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04/19/2007


Bullied Minnesota Student Calls for Ban on 'Ex-gay' Therapy for LGBT Kids

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A University of Minnesota student who experienced extreme anti-gay bullying growing up has launched a Change.org petition urging Minnesota to become the third state to ban ex-gay therapy, behind New Jersey and California.

That student, Alec Fisher, has secured over 82,000 signatures for the petition and has already drafted language for a bill that would ban the practice in Minnesota with the help of State Representative Karen Clark (DFL-Minneapolis). Both hope to have the bill introduced before the legislative session begins in February.

"This bill is about saving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender kids in the state of Minnesota," said Fischer, who chronicled his and other students' stories of bullying in a Kickstarter documentary film, Minnesota Nice?

GLAAD, which worked closely to help pass the ex-gay therapy ban in New Jersey earlier this year, said that Fischer's work in Minnesota is critical in creating a culture accepting of all kids.

"The vast majority of Americans, including every scientific and medical professional association, are aware of how harmful and dangerous so-called 'ex-gay' therapy is for LGBT people and their loved ones, said Ross Murray, GLAAD's Director of News. "The fact that this practice hasn't been banned is a grave injustice that is quickly righting itself."

To sign the petition (and help get Marcus Bachmann unemployed), click HERE

 


'Ex-Gay' Poster Boy Michael Glatze Marries a Woman

Michael Glatze, founder of the (now shuttered) gay twink magazine XY and the short-lived publication Young Gay America  who went "ex-gay" and soon became a poster boy for that movement, got married in late October, Truth Wins Out's Wayne Besen reported earlier this week:

GlatzewedMr. Glatze worked for XY Magazine and was the co-founder of a short-lived LGBT teenie-bopper mag, Young Gay America. Suddenly, he broke up with his boyfriend and had what appeared to be a nervous breakdown, where he had severe panic attacks about dying. During these disturbing episodes, he renounced his sexual orientation and temporarily converted to Mormonism. Though he had dived into the Mormon faith with gusto, he just as quixotically abandoned this faith to become an outspoken fundamentalist Christian...

...He began writing incendiary op-eds for World Net Daily where he claimed to be “repulsed by homosexuality.” He appeared on Porno Pete LaBarbera’s radio show. However, his time on the “ex-gay” circuit was short-lived and he proved to be an incompetent spokesperson. His columns were so beyond the pale, that he alienated long-time “ex-gay” activists. Eventually, Glatze was drummed out of the “ex-gay” industry after a meltdown. His demise came after he wrote a racist rant against president Barack Obama on his blog...

...It now appears his phony “transformation” has moved on to recruiting an innocent victim as a prop to give credence to his lie.

(here's my piece about the defunct Young Gay America way back in 2004 before Glatze went off)


Anti-Gay Activist Ties Hawaii's Same-Sex Marriage Decision To History of 'Human Trafficking': LISTEN

LopezIn a bizarre and confusing statement, anti-gay activist, 'ex-gay', and publisher-of-gay-fiction Robert Oscar Lopez compared the passage of marriage equality in Hawaii with that state's conflicted relationship to foreign adoption and "human trafficking."

It seemed as though Lopez was working off of the assumption that newly married gay couples will likely be looking to adopt from foreign nations, bringing populations into America through a process that may, in fact, be a part of some more illicit operation. How Lopez was able to get from the trade of human bodies to same-sex parents' adoption habits is less clear; he simply states, "They end up buying children overseas, regardless of if they want to call it that or not." No, Mr. Lopez, I doubt most gay parents would call it that.

Right Wing Watch reports:

“Look what they did in Hawaii, that’s a state where over sixty percent of the population is Asian-American; they’re the people who came from South Korea, from Japan, from the Philippines, countries that have a very, very controversial history with adoption,” Lopez said. “And the predominantly white Human Rights Campaign went to Hawaii and ripped apart that state, you heard the testimony, they took a state and they just ripped at their heart.”

Lopez explained that married same-sex couples “end up buying children overseas,” which “echoes what happened in the past with the world wars in Korea and Vietnam where children were bought and sold because of couples that maybe thought they were doing the right thing but sometimes were also collaborating with human trafficking.”

While his train of thought is rather difficult to follow, it is clear enough that Lopez is a damaging and damning voice in the anti-gay community.

Listen to the emphatic audio, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rachel Maddow Speaks with Gay USAFA Grad Who Says He Had 'Gay Cure Therapy' While Attending: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow continues her coverage (she reported on Dr. Mike Rosebush, the "ex-gay" quack overseeing counseling there HERE) of the US Air Force Academy, this time looking at Focus on the Family, which is also headquartered in Colorado Springs, and how its influence has affected the USAFA.

HinesMaddow looks at Rosebush's connection with Focus on the Family and speaks with Scott Hines, a gay US Air Force Academy graduate and former mayor of Rancho Mirage, California.

Hines discusses the decades-long anti-gay culture at the USAFA and said that he experienced "ex-gay" conversion therapy during his time at the USAFA and secretly participated in it after consultation with the New Life Church under Ted Haggard. Hines says he was actually referred by the USAFA to do this therapy.

Hines says that his "ex-gay" therapist turned out not to be so 'ex-gay' and was actually a predator. Hines is horrified that Mike Rosebush is overseeing counselors at the academy.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

See our earlier update on this story here, in which a currently serving gay cadet speaks out against USAFA claims that LGBT cadets are happy there.

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In Wake of 'Ex-Gay' Story, Gay Cadet Blasts US Air Force Academy Claim That Gays Feel Welcome There

A US Air Force Cadet is speaking out in the wake of the revelations that the US Air Force Academy has a gay conversion therapy advocate overseeing its counseling program, and a subsequent press release from the USAFA about how "happy" the gay cadets are there.

Earlier this week, Americablog broke the story that Dr. Mike Rosebush, an advocate of "gay conversion therapy" with deep ties to organizations like NARTH, Exodus, and other "ex-gay" groups, was overseeing the cadet counseling at the USAFA.

Following those revelations the USAFA issued a press release:

Lt.-Gen.-Michelle-D.-JohnsonRegarding the allegations saying the Air Force’s Academy not being a welcoming place for LGBQ cadets, The Academy Superintendent, Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson (pictured), along with the Commandant of Cadets, Brig. Gen. Gregory Lengyel, and the Dean of the Faculty, Brig. Gen. Andrew Armacost, and Dr. Hans Mueh (Brig. Gen, ret.) Athletic Director recently met with Spectrum, the Academy’s affinity group for LGBQ cadets.

In that forum, the cadets expressed to Academy leaders that they are proud to be in the Air Force and do not feel like the Air Force Academy culture inhibits them in any way.  Rather, they expressed their concerns about the media reports and how those reports may affect the decision of young Americans to attempt to come to the Academy.

One attendee at the forum was Air Force Capt. Michelle L. Reinstatler, an Instructor, Department of English and Fine Arts, and the Officer in Charge of Spectrum.

“During the forum with leadership, the cadets of Spectrum expressed multiple times that the Academy is a safe and validating place to be LGBQ,” Capt. Reinstatler said.  ”Several cadets have told me they are frustrated with the articles disparaging USAFA; these articles do not take into account the extensive support our LGBQ cadets have received from Academy leadership or the reality of the Academy’s inclusive environment.”

The press release has inspired an unidentified gay cadet to send a letter to Mikey Weinstein, the founder and head of  the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group dedicated to maintaining the separation of church and state in the United States military.

UsafHere it is, via the Huff Post:

I am writing this to you today as a client of the MRFF. I happen to be gay. Please keep all of my information confidential as you always do.

I happen to not be out and have no intention of ever being out while I attend USAFA. I am a current cadet at the United States Air Force Academy. I am a Christian. I am also an athlete on one of USAFA's most publicized NCAA intercollegiate teams here. I have been a client of the MRFF for a while now. It's the only help we have and it's a great source of security for me and other gay cadets. So thank you always for that.

I saw USAFA's self serving press release today about how "happy" all the gay cadets are here. How nice of all of the powers that be to meet with the Spectrum Club all of the sudden now that they're in the shits with the media and getting jacked up everywhere for hiring Rosebush. Of course to be in Spectrum you have to out yourself. If I and the many other cadets I know who are LGB came out it would be devastating for our cadet and future Air Force careers. I could never stay on my intercollegiate team. Being LGB here is like not being an "all in" Christian. You're finished.

What a crock that press release is. What a crock the academy leaders are for keeping Rosebush here. Anyways, I don't have time to elaborate. Mikey you know how bad it is because we tell you and you have seen it. Those of us who are LGB live in the worst fear of being outted at any moment and suffering for it. Maybe Rosebush can magically make us all "ungay"? Do you know how it makes us feel to know that our school has a man like that here? And how many other Rosebushes are here? If people can't see it now they never will. Having USAFA keep a person like Rosebush on staff at CCLD here shames all of us. He believes we made a choice to be LGB. He believes us to be "sick" with that gay disease. He believes we are sinning and will go to hell if we don't repent through Jesus and "choose" to be straight. And he has a "counseling" plan to make us all straight? Doesn't anyone of the highger ups here know how that makes us feel? It takes away our dignity as human beings. It takes away everything of value.

MIkey, I have to go study. Have finals. Hope this helps explain how so many of us feel destroyed now. Thank you and the MRFF for calling on the Air Force to fire Rosebush. As if that will ever happen.

The HuffPost's Lila Shapiro also spoke with Edith Disler, the director of LGBT affiars to the MRFF and a former faculty member at the academy, about the press release:

"Do you really think they're going to have an open and engaging conversation? I don't think so."

Disler is gay, which was not publicly known when she taught at the academy because she retired in 2009 before the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. "They've made gestures," she said, of the academy's attempts to obey the new law. "It's a big deal that they have an LGBTQ affinity group, and I'm glad there are some that feel they can attend it, but I think the overarching power structure is unchanged. The power structure is that people are silent."


Rachel Maddow Takes the Temperature of the U.S. on Gay Rights: VIDEO

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In an excellent, sweeping segment last night, Rachel Maddow looked at Republicans and Democrats on gay rights.

Watch the segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

Says Maddow: "The two parties are moving in two completely different directions on this issue of policy - it's not being reported that way but that is the way it is going - you would think it is 1992 all over again - nobody calls it a 'culture war' anymore but as much as any time in the last generation right now, there are definitely two sides on this issue."

Yesterday, we reported that Mike Rosebush, a 'gay conversion therapy' advocate, was overseeing the cadet counseling program at the US Air Force Academy.

Last night, Maddow focused a light on the situation there and brought it back to the George Rekers "rent boy" story and his organization NARTH, with which Rosebush is associated.

"Did the Air Force hire [Rosebush] despite this being his area of expertise, or because this is what they wanted?" asks Maddow. The Air Force told her that the person who hired Rosebush has retired but that indeed, Rosebush is serving in that position, and was hired for his leadership development and analytical skills.

PerryMaddow then moves into a broader look at the massive but largely unreported divide between the blue states and the red states on gay rights. She takes a look at the proclamation by Texas yesterday that the National Guard would not process housing allowances for gay couples and notes that "radically anti-gay politics are in ascendance in the Republican party."

Adds Maddow: "In Texas the political calculation is that it is more important to be anti-gay than to support the troops."

She then takes a moment with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to talk about the passage of marriage equality in Illinois.

Watch the engaging segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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