Anti-counseling bill shelved

Assembly Bill 2943 would have barred adults from obtaining counseling that did not affirm homosexual inclinations

In a surprising move, a California legislator announced that he is dropping his efforts to have certain types of LGBT-related counseling declared “fraudulent” and “deceptive.” Assembly Member Evan Low released a statement on his website to announce that, after meeting with numerous religious leaders who were concerned about the bill, he will re-work the legislation for a … [Read more...]

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Do voter ID laws discriminate against transgender voters?

UCLA study claims at least 78,000 transgender individuals could be prevented from voting in 2018 elections because their ID doesn't match their chosen identity

University of California, Los Angeles research institute has issued a report suggesting that voter ID laws discriminate against transgender voters.   The report released by the Williams Institute—a research institute at the UCLA School of Law that focuses largely on the LGBT community and “the impact of law and policy on their health and well-being”—identifies eight states … [Read more...]

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California Senate passes measure outlawing conversion therapy

Bill's sponsor says it will stop "harmful and deceptive practices," opponents vow lawsuit

The California Senate has passed a bill that would inhibit the church's ability to teach on sexuality and anyone seeking counseling to change their same-sex attraction. It does that by outlawing sexual orientation change efforts. The bill (AB2943) now heads back to the California Assembly for a "concurrence" vote where it's expected to pass.  The assembly previously passed the … [Read more...]

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Hollywood groups want more transgender inclusion in movies

More than 45 groups, talent agencies, and production companies have released an open letter demanding that the film industry depict transgender characters more often and in more flattering ways

A coalition of more than 45 groups, talent agencies, and production companies released an open letter Tuesday demanding that the film industry depict transgender characters more often and in more flattering ways. A joint project of the gay lobbying group GLAAD and the Time’s Up group’s 5050by2020 initiative, the letter’s signatories include the American Civil Liberties … [Read more...]

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Dominican retreat center to host lesbian sisters

“Gracious Embodiment: Embracing a Capricious Sexuality” is sponsored by New Ways Ministry

California Catholic Daily exclusive. This July, a letter and brochure was mailed from New Ways Ministry to religious communities of women around the country. The letter, signed by the notorious Sr. Jeannine Gramick, SL, was an invitation to an upcoming conference, and said, in part: “Dear Sister…In order to network lesbian sisters with congregational leaders and … [Read more...]

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Debate on conversion-therapy ban postponed amid growing public outcry

Bill had been scheduled for consideration in California Senate last Thursday

The California state Senate's debate and vote on a controversial bill banning so-called conversion therapy has been delayed due to public outcry against the legislation, sources say. Known as AB 2943, the bill passed in the state assembly earlier this year and seeks to declare therapy for individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions or who want to leave homosexuality a … [Read more...]

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Ex-gays and ex-trans rally against California’s LGBT therapy ban

30 former gay and transgendered people took to a podium outside the California statehouse to oppose a proposed law banning therapy for those who seek escape from LGBTQ+ identities and lifestyles

In an amazing show of force, 30 former gay and transgendered people took to a podium outside the California statehouse to oppose a proposed law banning therapy and printed resources helping those who seek freedom from LGBTQ+ identities and lifestyles.   Known as AB2943, the California Assembly Bill would essentially criminalize most if not all faith-based efforts to counsel … [Read more...]

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Too complex a subject to be legislated

If California's LGBT therapy ban had been law 30 years ago, I might have killed myself

While living in California more than 30 years ago, I had access to sound, effective, time-tested psychotherapy. Because of it, I walked away from the transgender life I had lived as Laura Jensen for eight years in San Francisco. Yet if I had been prevented from having access to such people and materials, as Assembly Bill 2943 proposes, the bill would have been a “stay trans … [Read more...]

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California set to vote on banning books about treating unwanted homosexual attraction

The California State Assembly is slated to vote on legislation that has been interpreted as broad enough to ban the sale of books that address helping people overcome unwanted same-sex attractions.

The California State Assembly is slated to vote on legislation that has been interpreted as broad enough to ban the sale of books that address helping people overcome unwanted same-sex attractions. AB 2943 adds “[a]dvertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual” to the state’s list of illegal “unfair methods of … [Read more...]

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Genderbread Person makes an appearance at LA Religious Ed Conference

Speakers openly question Church teaching on gender ideology; "the Catholic Church gives us a whole lot of room to move because they don't say a whole lot"

On March 16, 2018, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, during its annual Religious Education Congress, offered a workshop entitled "Transgender in Our Schools: One Bread, One Body." The moderator was Arthur Fitzmaurice, and the presenters included Shen Heckel, a female-to-male transsexual; Peggy Ehling, a Catholic mother whose daughter was born a biological female but identifies as … [Read more...]

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