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Democratic Congresswoman introduces a resolution to urge states to ban sexual orientation change efforts with minors

December 05, 2012 By: Tom Coy Category: Gay Politics, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

November 26, 2012

Excerpts from Congresswoman Jackie Speiers’ resolution: “Expressing the sense of Congress efforts by mental health practitioners to change an individual’s sexual orientation and gender identity or expression are dangerous and harmful and should be prohibited from being practiced on minors. Whereas being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or gender nonconforming is not a disorder, disease, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming;… Congress encourages each State to take steps to protect minors from efforts that promote or promise to change sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, based on the premise that homosexuality is a mental illness or developmental disorder that can or should be cured.”

Ex-gay Debora Barr tells how “the Lord” used a Baptist church to help her and her partner find freedom from homosexuality

December 05, 2012 By: Tom Coy Category: Homosexuality Causation, Religious Perspective

November 21, 2012

Excerpts from Debora Barr on the PFOX website: “Radical transformation is possible! I lived 18 years of my life as a lesbian with absolutely no desire to change. Now that I have been set free from my invisible shackles, I am experiencing the most wholesome and unconditional love of my Savior, Jesus Christ and will never turn back!” … “They confronted our beliefs in a gentle and loving way, never backing down from their convictions, but gently showing us what the scriptures said about the way we were living. Over time, the Lord convicted us through his word – the Truth.”

Liberty Counsel files legal argument on California SB 1172

December 05, 2012 By: Tom Coy Category: Gay Politics, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

November 19, 2012

Beginning of the Introduction to Liberty Counsel’s reply legal arguments: “The Legislature has far exceeded its authority to regulate mental health professionals by enacting SB 1172, an unprecedented, unconstitutional infringement upon the fundamental rights of mental health practitioners, minor patients and their parents who will now be prohibited from providing or receiving Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (“SOCE”) therapy to treat unwanted same-sex attractions. Rather than seeking to protect minors from ‘harm,’ the Legislature has in fact enacted SB 1172 as a means of controlling minors’ thoughts.” (more…)

The Real Comparison of Harm from Smoking vs. Possible Harm of Sexual-Orientation Change Efforts

December 05, 2012 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Gay Politics, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

November 14, 2012

Excerpts from the article on NARTH’s website: “When CDC statistics on HIV diagnoses in 2010 are put into a comparison ratio …, the risk of HIV infection for MSM was approximately 150 times greater than for men who did not have sex with men. In addition, the CDC stated that the rate of primary and secondary syphilis among MSM is “more than 46 times that of other men and more than 71 times that of women.”[ … “As the present analysis underscores, politicians and regulatory boards that ban access to professional efforts to modify unwanted same-sex attractions and behaviors among minors may well be unnecessarily sentencing some of them to serious medical risks. It is tragically ironic that political efforts to prevent alleged harm to minors from sexual-orientation change efforts appear likely instead to increase their exposure to highly established harms such as HIV.”

CDC statistics show MSM population growing and at 150 times greater risk of HIV infection

December 05, 2012 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science

November 13, 2012

Excerpts from the article on : “When CDC statistics are analyzed using the estimate of the MSM population at 4 percent of the American male population and assuming the other 96 percent who do not have sex with men are heterosexual, the risk of HIV infection from sexual contact for MSM was approximately 150 times greater than the heterosexual male population in 2010. … the 1993 Alan Guttmacher Institute study on male sexual behavior estimated the MSM population at 1.8 to 2.8 percent of the U.S. male population. If the CDC figure is correct, these two figures suggest that the percentage of MSM to the American male population has doubled in the last twenty years.”