California lawmakers move to limit gay conversion therapy

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Selling or advertising gay conversion therapy may soon be classified as a fraudulent business practice in California under a bill passed Thursday by the state Assembly.

Conversion therapy, the practice of trying to change someone’s sexual orientation, has been shown to be ineffective, said Assemblyman Evan Low, who wrote the bill that now heads to the state Senate.

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Transgender activist to speak at Democratic National Convention

By : Michael K. Lavers
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PHILADELPHIA — Sarah McBride this week will become the first openly transgender person to speak at a major party convention.

McBride — who is the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation — is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. She is slated to take the main stage inside the Wells Fargo Center alongside U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), who co-chairs the Congressional LGBT Caucus.

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Meet Zebra Coalition’s new Executive Director

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – Zebra Coalition, a network of organizations which provides services to LGBT youth, has a new head honcho.

Heather Wilkie will start her new job as Zebra Coalition’s executive director Sept. 8. She comes to Zebra from Harbor House, where she’s worked for 12 years and has served as chief operating officer for the past four years. During that time, she was chair of the LGBT+ Caucus with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where she led a statewide initiative to enhance services for LGBT+ survivors of abuse.

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Democratic Hispanic Caucus elects first openly gay president

By : Susan Clary
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Vivian Rodriguez had her plate full. As vice chair of the Orange County Democrats with a seat on the state LGBT Caucus, she wasn’t looking for a new post.

So, when Rodriguez began receiving calls a week before the election on Aug. 17 to ask her to run for State Democratic Hispanic Caucus President, she initially said “no.” There were already two candidates in the race.

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