Illinois pastors fight gay ‘conversion therapy’ ban

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A group of pastors is suing over a law that bars therapists and counselors from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation, saying in a filing Aug. 11 that the prohibition violates free speech and religious rights.

The federal lawsuit seeks to exclude clergy from the ban that took effect Jan. 1, arguing that homosexuality is “contrary to God’s purpose” and a disorder that “can be resisted or overcome by those who seek to be faithful to God and His word.”

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Governor signs minor changes to North Carolina anti-LGBT law

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Minor changes to a North Carolina law limiting protections for LGBT people have been signed by the governor.

Legislators left the law mostly intact during their yearly session. They did make a change requested by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that restores workers’ ability to use state law to sue over workplace discrimination, but leaves sexual orientation and gender identity unprotected.

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Sordid Lives creator Del Shores wants the dating world to know that it is hard out there for a “minor gay celebrity” in his 50s

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Few filmmakers write LGBT stories with equal parts humor and heart and even fewer are able to take that story to cult status, but one who seems to do it with ease is Del Shores, writer/director of the successful 2000 cult film Sordid Lives. Shores is heading to The Cuban Club in Ybor with his one man show, SINgularly SORDID, where he talks about politics, religion and returning to the dating world after getting divorced in his 50s. Tinder and Grindr and Scruff, oh my! Shores was gracious enough to speak with Watermark ahead of his Tampa Bay show about Oscar diversity, election coverage and a much talked about sequel in the Sordid franchise.

SINgularlySORDID is your one man show that you are bringing to Tampa. What can we expect to see from you?
I always consider myself a storyteller or a humorist: I observe, I sometimes steal from my own life and other people’s lives and talk about it on stage. This piece has become very personal, because I have gone through a divorce in my 50s and getting back into the dating scene has been crazy, so a lot of that is the SINgularly Sordid part of this. I just tell tales about Leslie Jordan and Dolly Parton and people I have had encounters with, good and bad. I love politics and controversy. My dad was a Southern Baptist preacher, so we’ll cover religion.

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Gay therapy ban passes Illinois House committee

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gay conversion therapy opponents say the treatment causes harm to teenagers struggling with their sexuality and should be banned in Illinois.

Supporters of the treatment say certain methods work and are helpful when they are backed by proven techniques.

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