Conversion therapy ban bill pulled from schedule for edits

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) | A bill that would ban child conversion therapy in West Virginia has been pulled from the schedule of a state Senate committee for possible edits.

The Journal of Martinsburg reports Senate Health and Human Resources Committee Chair Michael Maroney changed the committee agenda Jan. 29 so staff attorneys can make improvements to the bill.

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Pro-LGBTQ groups file motion for Equality Florida to defend Tampa’s conversion therapy ban

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Tampa | The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the law firm Carlton Fields have filed a motion on behalf of Equality Florida to defend Tampa’s conversion therapy ban.

In December, the anti-LGBTQ group known as Liberty Counsel filed a suit against the city for banning the practice of conversion therapy on minors, citing a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

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Watermark’s Top headlines of 2017

By : Watermark Staff
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2017 was a roller coaster of a year. Our highs were marked with great achievements and big celebrations, and our lows were filled with the passing of great LGBTQ leaders and fear-filled headlines we thought we would never read.

Below we look back on the top 5 LGBTQ headlines out of Central Florida, Tampa Bay, from the state of Florida and across the nation, and the world.

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Issue 24.25 Remarkable People

By : Jake Stevens
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OGC artistic director James Rode expanded the chorus in 2017 and mad the art world take notice, out city council chair Darden Rice’s re-election and remission, Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith name breakthrough LGBTQ politician, anti-LGBTQ group files suit against Tampa’s conversion therapy ban, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Anti-LGBTQ group files suit against Tampa’s conversion therapy ban

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Tampa | An anti-LGBTQ group known as Liberty Counsel has filed a suit against the city of Tampa for banning the practice of conversion therapy on minors, citing a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

The ban was first proposed by Councilman Guido Maniscalco in early 2017, and Tampa’s City Council voted unanimously on April 6 to ban the practice of attempting to psychologically change an individual’s sexual orientation.

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Rhode Island becomes 10th state to ban ‘ex-gay’ therapy

By : Chris Johnson of the Washingston Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The governor of Rhode Island signed into law Wednesday a measure that bans widely discredited “ex-gay” conversion therapy for minors, the 10th state in the nation with such a prohibition.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, announced on Twitter she signed the measure via a retweet of a Human Rights Campaign sticker declaring “victory for LGBT youth in Rhode Island.”

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