Kansas City bans conversion therapy

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) | Conversion therapy for LGBTQ young people will not be allowed in Kansas City.

The city council approved an ordinance banning the therapy Nov. 14, which tries to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Massachusetts lawmakers seek ban on “gay conversion therapy”

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BOSTON (AP) | Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing legislation to ban so-called “gay conversion therapy” for minors.

The legislature’s Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities moved two bills March 6 that would make Massachusetts the 16th state to outlaw the practice — which aims to alter a person’s sexual orientation.

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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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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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Bills to curtail LGBTQ rights are failing in US legislatures

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NEW YORK (AP) — In a striking shift from recent years, major legislation curtailing LGBTQ rights has been completely stymied in state capitols around the country this year amid anxiety by Republican leaders over igniting economic backlash if they are depicted as discriminatory.

In the thick of this year’s legislative sessions, LGBTQ activists were tracking about 120 proposed bills that they viewed as threats to their civil rights. Not one of them has been enacted as many sessions now wind down; only two remain under serious consideration.

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Hawaii candidate fights off ‘anti-LGBT preacher’ claims

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HONOLULU (AP) — A well-known Democratic candidate for Congress who gained notoriety opposing President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting mostly Muslim countries is being forced to explain a decades-old rant perceived as intolerant of gay people.

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Doug Chin said he won’t “quibble” about what’s on a recording posted on YouTube last year, or its context, and has apologized. But he hasn’t been able to put the issue entirely behind him.

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Pence criticized for excluding media from breakfast with gay Irish PM

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ABOVE: Vice President Mike Pence (center) and Second Lady Karen Pence (right) met with the gay Irish PM Leo Vardakar for St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. Photo courtesy Twitter.

Vice President Mike Pence is taking heat for excluding the media from his breakfast meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who is gay.

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Peterson Toscano’s Everything is Connected An Evening of Stories. Most weird, Many True.

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Experience the artful, playful, outrageously funny, and deeply moving storytelling craft of Peterson Toscano. Connecting issues and ideas to bizarre personal experiences, literature, science, and even the odd Bible story, Peterson takes his audience on an off-beat mental mind trip.  A shapeshifter, he transforms right before your eyes into a whole cast of comic characters who explore the serious worlds of gender, sexuality, privilege, religion, and environmental justice. His unique personal journey led him into performance art.

After spending 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting to de-gay himself through gay conversion therapy, he came to his senses and came out a quirky queer Quaker concerned with human rights and comedy. He asks himself and his audiences unusual and stimulating questions: Who are the gender outlaws in the Bible? What is a queer response to climate change? and How can comedy help us better understand our most tragic losses? Peterson is on a mission to connect with his audiences in deeply personal ways stirring up hope and purpose in a rapidly changing world. Come to laugh, think deeply, and feel more human.

Republican lawmaker proposes ban on LGBT conversion therapy

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker is proposing legislation in New Hampshire to ban therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of minors, a move that is sure to cause friction within the GOP when lawmakers reconvene in January.

State Rep. Eric Schleien said he doesn’t think it’s possible to change someone’s sexual orientation through so-called conversion therapy, and research has led him to believe trying to do so can be dangerous. But some fellow Republican lawmakers say the effort could undermine religious liberty and parental rights.

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Oregon signs bill banning ‘gay conversion therapy’

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon is now the third state in the country to ban so-called “gay conversion therapy” after Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation outlawing the practice.

The measure makes it illegal for social workers or licensed mental health professional to practice therapy treatments purporting to change the sexual orientation of children younger than 18.

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Colorado Senate committee rejects bill banning ‘conversion therapy’

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Denver (AP) — Colorado Republicans in the Senate rejected a bill April 8 to ban gay-conversion therapy for kids.

The bill, sponsored by Democrats, would have banned therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of children. It failed 3-2 on a party-line vote in a Senate committee.

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Ban on gay conversion therapy passes Colorado House

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DENVER (AP) – A measure to forbid Colorado mental health professionals from practicing gay conversation therapy with minors has cleared the state House.

The proposal passed on March 10 on a 35-29 vote with one Republican, Rep. Daniel Thurlow of Grand Junction, joining every Democrat in the chamber who supported the bill.

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