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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.

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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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George W. Bush Shares His Paintings with Hillary Clinton on Air Force One: PHOTO

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On the way back from the Mandela memorial, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Attorney General Eric Holder,  National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett were treated to an iPad showing of George W. Bush's paintings.

(White House photo - Pete Souza)


Glenn Beck: Michelle Obama's Heckling Reaction Shows She's a 'Monster, Lady Macbeth' — VIDEO

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Glenn Beck phones in from Planet Tea Party to attack Michelle Obama after she responded aggressively toward GetEQUAL activist Ellen Sturtz earlier this week after being heckled at a fundraiser, Right Wing Watch reports.

Claims Beck:

"This woman's a monster. She is Lady Macbeth. She is a frightening woman. I’ll tell you something, I really truly believe, Valerie Jarrett, Michelle and Mrs. Eric Holder, that’s where the information is going, the wives are talking."

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White House: 'Obama Believes Hagel's Statement of Apology' on Gay Rights - VIDEO

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White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett on the White House blog:

Recently, some in the LGBT community have expressed concerns about Senator Hagel's past comments. In response, Senator Hagel issued a statement in which he apologized for comments that he made in the 1990s, and affirmed both his commitment to LGBT civil rights as well as his support for open service and the families of gay and lesbian service members.

One of the great successes of the LGBT civil rights movement is that it provides the space and opportunity for people to change their hearts and minds, to right past wrongs, and, over time, to evolve. The President believes Senator Hagel's statement of apology, and his commitment to ensuring that all service members and their families are treated equally. The President would not have chosen him unless he had every confidence that, working together, they will continue to ensure that our military and DoD civilian workforce are as welcoming, inclusive, and respectful as possible.

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White House Holding Meeting on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Today?

The Advocate's Kerry Eleveld gets wind of a White House meeting on DADT set to take place today:

Whitehouse "'The White House is meeting with several interested parties to discuss the legislative repeal of ‘don't ask, don't tell.’ The meeting will concern the work that remains to be done to ensure Congressional action on this issue this year,' said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The official declined to name any participants of the meeting, but sources tell The Advocate that senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina are expected to be present."

Eleveld says the meeting will concern legislative repeal during the lame duck session of Congress.

Lez Get Real has a few more details: "The White House is meeting with a variety of groups which have a stake in its repeal including Servicemembers United, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and OutServe."


Watch: Dan Choi Rips Valerie Jarrett, White House Over DADT

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Dan Choi rips Valerie Jarrett and President Obama. Jarrett sticks to the White House talking points, claiming that the President has said the law is unconstitutional, which he hasn't.

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