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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“They swept us aside like we were trash”

Mother of 5-year-old who was given lesson on transgenderism at Rocklin Academy, an elite charter school in a Sacramento suburb, tearfully recounts effect on her child

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=187&v=MnROmPrFous A mom whose five-year-old daughter was in a California kindergarten classroom when a teacher read a book on transgenderism and her classmate switched from a boy to a “girl” broke down describing the incident at a board meeting earlier this month. “I thought that they would take my religious beliefs, my, I mean, … [Read more...]

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LGBT advocates banned from Vatican-hosted conference

Cardinal Kevin Farrell has reportedly barred two high-profile speakers from “Voices of Faith” event because of their opposition to Catholic teaching on homosexuality

Cardinal Kevin Farrell has reportedly barred several speakers set to address an annual women's event inside the Vatican over concerns about their LGBT positions, prompting organizers to find another venue. First held in 2014, the “Voices of Faith” (VoF) event has taken place inside the Vatican’s Casina Pio IV, headquarters of the Pontifical Academy for Sciences, every March … [Read more...]

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Priest’s book offers Catholics advice on how to discuss same-sex attraction

"Made for Love: Same-Sex Attractions and the Catholic Church," written by Father Michael Schmitz and published by Ignatius Press, offers guidance on how to talk about subject "without pushing away those who view it differently than the Church"

Driven by his love for his brother, who identifies as a gay man, and seeing how, all too often, young adults often fall in love with the Catholic Church but lose interest when it comes to its teachings on same-sex attraction, Father Michael Schmitz wrote the new book MADE FOR LOVE: SAME-SEX ATTRACTIONS AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.  The disconnect between the teachings of the … [Read more...]

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LGBTQ law blocks SoCal college rocket club from Alabama competition

Citrus College rocketry club earned a coveted spot at the annual NASA Student Launch competition, but the event is held in Alabama -- a state targeted by law banning travel to states deemed to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people

A Citrus College rocketry club may be reaching for the stars, but is coming up with a handful of politics. The Rocket Owls team has earned a coveted spot at the annual NASA Student Launch competition, where 60 college teams from across the country go head-to-head, building and launching high-altitude rockets. But the event is held in Huntsville, Alabama which is one of eight … [Read more...]

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San Francisco Catholic parish to be site for re-design of Harvey Milk Plaza

Meetings will be held at Most Holy Redeemer parish hall to discuss plans for site named to honor slain gay crusader

The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza is entering the next phase of the project to re-imagine the space above the Castro Muni station named for the gay slain supervisor and has announced dates for community meetings. Last year, the Friends group conducted a design competition, and an architectural team led by Perkins Eastman of San Francisco was announced as the winner and … [Read more...]

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Parents can’t opt kids out of mandatory LGBT-inclusive texts in California

California has rejected textbooks from publishers that don't mention the homosexual preferences of historical figures

California has become the first state in the union to mandate the use of LGBT-inclusive textbooks in elementary schools and have given parents no way to opt out. The choice has been made for them. It’s the law. That law requires a “fair, accurate, inclusive, and respectful” treatment of homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and lesbian Americans despite the historical … [Read more...]

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