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Tony Perkins: Ban On 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Will Help Recruit LGBT Youth - VIDEO

PerkinsTony Perkins, the leader of rabidly anti-gay listed hate group the Family Research Council, has issued a press release condemning the introduction of a law banning gay “conversion therapy” in Washington, D.C., reports Joe My God.

Writing on the hate group’s website, Perkins takes a positive spin on a harmful practices condemned by the American Psychological Association, promulgates the idea that LGBT youth choose to take part and compares “conversion therapy” to “counseling aimed at helping kids make the transition into another sex.”

“In Washington, D.C., destructive behavior isn’t just encouraged -- efforts to stop it are punished! If kids are looking for a way out of their same-sex attractions, they’ll have to start outside of the nation’s capital. Under a measure just passed by the D.C. Council, counselors can lose their license just for offering the kind of therapy these children seek. Like California and New Jersey, the District is radically opposed to helping young people shake the unwanted sexual feelings they have for members of the same sex.

“It’s all part of the new Conversion Therapy for Minors Prohibition Act, which makes it a crime for therapists and mental health practitioners to coach children out of the sexual confusion they’re experiencing. Council member and author Mary Cheh insists that the District’s move is “a crucial step in the long battle” against “the counterproductive anti-homosexual mindset.” The fact that children are seeking this help doesn’t seem to matter to D.C., which is intent on locking kids into a lifestyle with devastating health, emotional, and societal consequences. Instead, the District wants to make it an offense to help children come to grips with their natural biology -- opening a frightening chapter in the liberal recruiting of LGBTs.

“In a twisted irony, the Council made it quite clear that counseling aimed at helping kids make the transition into another sex is perfectly acceptable. It’s a ludicrous double standard -- one that should draw the ire of every parent who rightly believes they should be the final authority on the kind of treatment their child should receive.”

Watch David Pakman on Perkins' claim to be on the winning side in the fight for same-sex marriage, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last month, Perkins hinted at a possible boycott of Apple after CEO Tim Cook came out as gay. He has also said that gay rights are part of a wider "anti-life" agenda to end humanity as we know it.

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HarperCollins Refuses To Publish Book Until Author Renounces Gay Daughter

Author Dawn Bennett has been told by HarperCollins Christian Publishing that she will have to condemn her daughter’s sexual orientation before her book can be published, reports Human Rights Campaign.

BXLSvElftuSRpRI-580x326-noPadBennett’s book centers on her story as a Christian mother supporting her lesbian daughter and “the hurt and harm that my daughter and our family has experienced at the hands of certain biblical interpretation.”

In an email from the publisher’s content evaluation department - managed by HarperCollins subsidiary Thomas Nelson publishing group, which considers homosexuality to be sinful behavior - Bennett was told any mention of “homosexual behavior” would have to be “presented as a sin”.

The email also insisted “the person who committed the act is remorseful and has or currently is taking steps to change their lifestyle.”

Bennett has attacked the implication that homosexuality is "sinful behavior that can and should be changed" and highlights the harmful effects of so-called "ex-gay" therapy, a practise that was recently banned in Washington, D.C.

Bennett says the publisher, which has many LGBT titles in its catalogue, "shouldn’t be able to take our money with one hand and then shame us with the other."

Bennett has started a petition on Change.org to make customers aware of the publisher’s actions, especially where it “promotes causing others harm.”

No stranger to controversy, the Thomas Nelson subsidiary was sued back in 2008 by a man who said that versions of their Bibles which call homosexuality a sin violated his consitutional rights. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is also marketing and promoting a number of Christian-themed products from the Duck Dynasty family.

UPDATE: Towleroad has receieved the following message from HarperCollins in response to our post:

As soon as we learned of Ms. Bennett's petition we looked into the situation and determined that there was a third-party subjective application and misinterpretation of the editorial guidelines. It was not an accurate reflection on the editorial standards of Thomas Nelson, or any other publishing group within HarperCollins. We issued an apology to Ms. Bennett immediately, refunded her money and offered for her to continue the publishing process with WestBow. We are taking the appropriate steps to ensure that this does not happen again. We are sincerely sorry to her and her family for any harm, pain, or embarrassment that this may have caused.


District Of Columbia Council Approves Bill Protecting LGBT Youth From Conversion Therapy

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The District of Columbia Council unanimously approved a bill today that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth from the unhealthy and discredited practice of conversion therapy reports the National Center For Lesbian RightsUpon the signing of the bill, Washington, D.C., will become the third jurisdiction-after California and New Jersey-to ban the deranged practice of conversion therapy that often leads to depression and suicide in its "patients." Samantha Ames, the NCLR staff attorney and coordinator of the #BornPerfect campaign at NCLR, commended the council's decision.

Said Ames:

"Today, the D.C. Council sent a powerful message to LGBT youth and their families that they are accepted, supported, and loved.

"The Council has used its authority to protect our most vulnerable youth from dangerous and discredited pseudoscience that tells them who they are is wrong, and reaffirmed the consensus of every major medical and mental health organization that all children are born perfect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity."

NCLR and the Human Rights Campaign collaborated on organizing a coalition that backed the bill, which was authored by Democratic Councilmember Mary M. Cheh. Several groups supported the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, including national LGBT and mental health organizations, youth advocates, religious faith leaders, civil rights organizations and reproductive justice groups. 

Support for the repeal of the practice is mounting as the United Nations Committee Against Torture called the dangerous therapy "troubling," when they convened last month, and questioned the U.S. Department of State representatives asking why the unviable treatment is still in practice. Even former practitioners of the therapy are condemning its use, including Exodus International co-founder Michael Bussee, who called the practice "Poison to the soul," along with eight other prominent ex-gay leaders. 


White House Appoints New LGBT Community Liaison

The White House's new LGBT Community Liaison, Aditi Hardikar, started her new role on Monday as the White House's Associate Director of Public Engagement in the Office of Public Engagement reports The American Bazaar Online.

Screen shot 2014-11-11 at 1.07.33 PMHardikar, a University of Michigan graduate where she earned her B.A. in economic and political science, also serves as liaison to the Asia-American and Pacific Islander community. Hardikar replaces outgoing Gautam Raghavan, who is retiring from the position. 

Said Raghavan of Hardikar:

“Aditi has served President Obama for many years, including on his 2012 campaign and at the DNC, with distinction, integrity and grace."

"She will bring fresh energy and perspective to the position and its portfolio. I also think it’s worth noting that she will be the first woman of colour to serve as the White House LGBT Liaison — reflecting the talent and diversity of the LGBT movement as well as this President’s Administration.”

Hardikar's credentials include working as the LGBT finance director for the Presidential Inaugural Committee in 2013, executing events and organizing progressive young Americans for the Campus Progress team at the Center for American Progress, serving as deputy director of LGBT Voter Outreach and LGBT Finance for the 2012 Obama-Biden Presidential Campaign reports The Washington Blade.

Stephen Peters, spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, said his organization is keen to collaborate with Hardikar on equality issues.

Said Peters:

"Aditi Hardikar has already been a tremendous advocate for our community in her work with the Democratic National Committee. We are thrilled she will be joining the White House team and look forward to working with her on important issues in our ongoing fight for full equality."


Meet France's New, Openly Gay Ambassador to the U.S. Gérard Araud

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Over the summer, Gerard Araud, 61, became the first openly gay French ambassador to the United States. Now, in Vogue profile, he lets loose with undiplomatic candor about U.S. policies in Iraq, his "fiery Twitter feed", and a personal pass on gay marriage. “I am not interested at this moment in marriage for myself,” Araud says, regarding his relationship of 19 years with photographer Pascal Blondeau. “But I don’t see any reason why anyone should be denied this right.”  In his home country, marriage equality became legal in 2013 after some violent protests.

Araud, a career diplomat who started working in Washington in the early '80s, was previously France's outspoken representative to the United Nations, where he developed a close friendship with the U.S. rep Samantha Power. He even talks about how they still keep in touch via cute text messages (i.e. "On behalf of the French mission, I have to tell you: you are beautiful"). While Power appreciates the compliments, she praises Araud on his mastery of diplomacy and his strength as a savvy international strategist. This being Vogue, there is less discussion of this topic than the fashionable Araud's feelings regarding the boxy, black suits that diplomats are prone to wear, not to mention his role in the gut renovation of the famed French residence in Washington. But his frank nature comes across loud and clear and is remarkable given his post as one of the highest profile diplomats in D.C.

Cehck out the full article here

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Prominent LGBT Attorney From D.C. Killed In Dominican Republic: VIDEO

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The Washington Blade is reporting the shocking story of the Halloween-eve murder of a well-known and highly respected D.C. defense lawyer. Van Teasley, 55, headed to the Dominican Republic last Thursday for a long weekend and was found dead in his own apartment on October 30th, bound and gagged with no sign of forced entry. There have been no arrests or suspects in the case but local police in Santo Domingo are still investigating.

Back at home, Teasley often represented low-income and LGBT clients and was a regular presence at Washigton's Superior Court building. Local affiliate NBC 4 did a piece on Teasley's murder, saying that he visited his second home in Santo Domingo regularly, sometimes as often as once a month. His cousin speculated that Teasley may have grown "too comfortable" in a country known for religious intolerance when it comes to gay issues.

You can watch the full NBC 4 video AFTER THE JUMP...

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