Massachusetts House approves ‘gay conversion therapy’ ban

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BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would ban so-called “gay conversion therapy” for minors.

The bill passed on a 137-14 vote Wednesday.

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Bipartisan amendment introduced against Trump’s trans military ban

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ABOVE: Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) is among a bipartisan group of lawmakers seeking to amend a defense bill against Trump’s trans military ban. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has proposed an amendment to major defense policy legislation that would abrogate President Trump’s ban on transgender military service.

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Government wants delay of transgender military enlistment

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is asking a judge to put on hold a requirement that it begin allowing transgender people to enlist in the military on Jan. 1.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in October barred President Donald Trump’s administration from proceeding with plans to exclude transgender people from military service. Part of her ruling required the government to allow transgender individuals to enlist beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

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Trump on trans ban: ‘I’m doing the military a great favor’

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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President Trump said Thursday he’s “doing the military a great favor” by seeking to ban on transgender people from the armed forces, insisting he has “great support” from the LGBT community.

Trump made the remarks during an exchange with reporters at the Bedminster National Golf Club in New Jersey, where the president is staying during August vacation as the situation over North Korea’s improved nuclear weapons capabilities continues to escalate.

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Arizona county bans paid “conversion therapy” for minors

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – The Pima County Board of Supervisors in Arizona approved a resolution banning paid sexual orientation “conversion therapy” of minors.

The decision made Aug. 1 echoes decisions in nine other states that have made conversion therapy illegal and takes the public stance that sexual identity is not a disorder or mental illness.

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Rick Perry: ‘I totally support’ Trump’s transgender military ban

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Energy Secretary Rick Perry took time Friday during his visit to an air conditioning manufacturer in Texas to declare support for President Trump’s ban on transgender military service.

Perry told reporters he backs the policy change after his visit to the Daikin Texas Technology Park in Waller, Texas, basing his reasoning on the cost of transition-related care, according to the Texas Tribune.

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Trump tweets ban on transgender individuals in U.S. military

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President Donald Trump announced via Twitter July 26 that transgender people will not be allowed to serve in the United States military.

In a string of tweets, Trump stated that he consulted with generals and military experts and that “our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

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With a ban in Tampa and a proposed ban in St. Petersburg, the Bay area is saying no to conversion therapy

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TAMPA – The practice of conversion therapy has not only been deemed ineffective, but has been called harmful by every major medical organization, including the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Even with all this opposition to conversion therapy, there is still no nationwide ban on the practice, so some state, county and city leaders have taken it upon themselves to get it banned at local levels, including right here in the Bay area.

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Marist, not subject to NY’s state ban on travel to North Carolina, will play Duke in November

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke has filled the hole in its men’s basketball schedule.

Officials said Aug. 16 that the Blue Devils will play host to Marist on Nov. 11 and Grand Canyon the following night as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off.

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Blood donations in need after tragedy, but FDA ban on gay men blood donations remain in effect

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The shooting at Pulse Orlando in the early morning hours June 12 left 50 people dead and more than 50 more injured. Many of the victims were rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center, some requiring extensive surgical procedures.

Shortly after 10 a.m., the Florida-based, multi-city blood bank OneBlood posted a Facebook message.

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Florida’s fight against marriage equality will cost taxpayers plenty

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(AP) — Florida’s fierce fight to keep intact a voter-approved ban on gay marriage is going to wind up costing taxpayers.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle, who declared the prohibition unconstitutional nearly two years ago, has ordered the state to pay the fees of attorneys who filed federal lawsuits challenging the ban.

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Vermont Senate approves ban on anti-gay therapy

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Senate has voted overwhelmingly to advance a bill banning the use of what’s called “conversion therapy,” which is most often directed at young gay and lesbian people in a bid to make them heterosexual.

The bill makes it unprofessional conduct subject to sanction by a state regulatory board for a medical or mental health professional to use conversion therapy with someone younger than 18.

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