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    Lack of Interest Cancels Ex-Gay Exodus International s Conference by Jason St. Amand Web Producer / Staff Writer Monday May 7, 2012 The major ex-gay group
    Message 1 of 6 , Jun 8, 2012

      Lack of Interest Cancels ’Ex-Gay’ Exodus International’s Conference

      by Jason St. Amand

      Web Producer / Staff Writer

      Monday May 7, 2012

      The major "ex-gay" group Exodus International has canceled its "Love Won Out" conference due to a lack of interest and money, Ex-Gay Watch reported.

      The online newsletter points out that the organization, which believes gay men and women can change their sexual orientation through conversion therapy, does not have as many people interested in the group as it has in the past. Exodus’ last conference barely brought in 400 people but during its peak, the group had nearly 1,000 individuals at its events.




      ’Ex-Gay’ Researcher Apologizes for Study of Gay Therapy

      by Malcolm Ritter

      Associated Press

      Monday May 21, 2012

      NEW YORK (AP) - A prominent retired psychiatrist is apologizing to the gay community for a decade-old study that concluded some gay people can go straight through what’s called reparative therapy.

      Dr. Robert L. Spitzer, formerly of Columbia University, now says he no longer believes his work showed that.

      For the study, Spitzer had interviewed 200 people who’d claimed some degree of change. The "fatal flaw" is that there is no way to judge the credibility of their accounts, Spitzer says in a letter he submitted last month to a journal that published his work in 2003.





      May 29, 2012 1:03PM

      Mormons Prepare to March in LGBT Pride Parades Nationwide

      Post by Joanna Brooks

      This year, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—including active and observant Mormons—will march in at least seven LGBT Pride parades across the country.

      From Seattle, Washington, to Washington D.C., New York, Portland, Boise, San Francisco, and Salt Lake City, members of three different Mormon contingents—Mormons Building Bridges, Mormons for Marriage Equality, and Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons—will walk during the month of June.



      California senate approves ban on ‘gay cure’ therapy for minors

      by Stephen Gray
      31 May 2012, 11:09am

      The Californian state senate last night approved a bill to ban the use of so-called conversion therapies on minors which attempt to alter their sexual orientation.





      May 30, 2012 6:08PM

      Homophobic Viral Video of Four-Year-Old From Same Town as Teen Suicide

      Post by Peter Montgomery





      Fighting the Christian Right’s War Against Anti-Bullying Programs

      by Peter Cassels

      EDGE Contributor

      Monday Jun 4, 2012

      The biggest bullies in the schoolyard may be certain Christian organizations on the right that expend a great deal of their time energy and fund-raising doing everything they can to make sure LGBT students don’t receive the protections of anti-bullying laws.

      Their tactic is to encompass spreading information that many others see as outright lies, citing bogus statistics, and lobbying lawmakers in statehouses and the U.S. Capitol. They contend that anti-bullying legislation and programs single out gay students, according to experts EDGE interviewed.




      Over 300 Mormons Join Utah Gay Pride Parade

      Associated Press

      Monday Jun 4, 2012

      SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - More than 300 Mormon church members who are not gay drew shouts of approval and tears from spectators while marching in the Utah Gay Pride Parade in downtown Salt Lake City.

      The Mormons say they sought to send a message of love to Utah’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by joining the annual parade Sunday. Their participation marked the first time such a large group of Mormons took part in the parade, organizers said.



      Ontario passes pro-gay anti-bullying bill despite opposition from Catholic Church

      by Edmund Broch
      6 June 2012, 9:00pm


      The Bill passed yesterday mandates that students, even in Catholic schools, be allowed to form Gay-Straight Alliances to counter bullying

      The Canadian province of Ontario has passed a wide-ranging anti-bullying bill which mandates that students be allowed to form Gay-Straight Alliances in schools, including those run by the Catholic Church.



    • UMAffirmation
      Vatican diplomat: Anti-gay opponents are being vilified for their views by Scott Roberts 26
      Message 2 of 6 , Oct 27, 2012

        Vatican diplomat: Anti-gay opponents are being ‘vilified’ for their views

        by Scott Roberts
        26 September 2012, 7:29pm

        A Vatican diplomat has told the United Nations Human Rights Council that people who criticise same-sex relations are increasingly being attacked and vilified for their views.




        Teenage Boy Scout Denied Organization's Top Rank Because He's Gay

        by Eyder Peralta

        October 05, 201212:56 PM

        Ryan Andresen spent 12 years as a Boy Scout. Now that he's 17 and about to graduate from high school, he completed the final requirement to receive the Eagle Scout award, which signifies the highest rank in the organization.

        Except, according to his mother, Karen, when he submitted the paperwork, the scoutmaster for Troop 212 in the San Francisco Bay Area told him he could not give him the Eagle Scout honor because Andresen is gay.




        Australian Rugby Star Jason Ball Comes Out to Fight Homophobia

        by Ryan Dixon

        South Florida Gay News

        Tuesday Oct 16, 2012

        Sports in the United States have been making strides, albeit small ones, in combating homophobia inside the lines. On another hemisphere, Australian rugby has been proven a leader in acceptance and respect - both athletically and socially.

        Australian Rules footballer Jason Ball was the spearhead for change when he became the first player in his sport to come out of the closet.




        Gallup Study: 3.4 Percent of US Adults Identify as LGBT

        by David Crary

        Associated Press

        Friday Oct 19, 2012

        NEW YORK - A new Gallup survey, touted as the largest of its kind, estimates that 3.4 percent of American adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

        The findings, released Thursday, were based on interviews with more than 121,000 people. Gallup said it is the largest study ever aimed at calculating the nation’s LGBT population.




        Video: Preacher in Missouri gives speech on LGBT rights with a surprise ending

        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
        21 October 2012, 11:18am

        A video of a speech by a preacher in Springfield Missouri has gone viral because it contains a twist, where he uses the example of speeches by pro-segregation preachers from the 1960s, replacing the word ‘integration’ with the word ‘gay rights’.



        Missouri Pastor Goes Viral on Gawker: “Separation of Church and Hate”

        Reverend Phil Snider compared sermons on segregation to today’s anti-equality preaching

        By Sarah Morice-Brubaker

        Over the weekend, Rev. Dr. Phil Snider—a Missouri pastor and alumnus of my institution, Phillips Theological Seminary—discovered that a speech he’d given to the City Council in August had been picked up by Gawker and gone viral. Like, over-a-million-views, posted-by-George-(Sulu)-Takei viral. 


      • UMAffirmation
        Poll: Majority of US voters would like the Boy Scouts to drop its gay ban by Joseph Patrick McCormick 7
        Message 3 of 6 , Feb 9, 2013

          Poll: Majority of US voters would like the Boy Scouts to drop its gay ban

          by Joseph Patrick McCormick
          7 February 2013, 2:58am


          A new poll has found that a majority of US voters think the Boy Scouts of America should drop its ban on gay scouts, volunteers and staff.





          Video: CNN host challenges defender of scouts gay ban who likens homosexuality to paedophilia


          A CNN host has challenged the head of a Christian right-wing group who, in defending the Boy Scouts of American’s ban on gay members, linked homosexuality to paedophilia, and said that being gay was a choice.





          Religious sponsors loom large in Boy Scouts’ policy debate

          Adelle M. Banks | Feb 6, 2013


          (RNS) The decision by Boy Scouts of America to postpone any change in policy about gay membership was fueled by an “outpouring of feedback.” Much of that reaction came from a sector with strength in numbers: the religious groups that comprise the majority of the Scouts’ chartered organizations.


          On Monday (Feb. 4), two days before the BSA’s announcement, the Religious Relationships Task Force met for a regularly scheduled meeting with an unexpected topic on its agenda: a possible drop of the Scouts’ ban on gay members and leaders.





          A Look at What’s Ahead for the Boy Scouts and LGBT Community

          by Nomaan Merchant

          Associated Press

          Friday Feb 8, 2013


          A final decision on the Boy Scouts of America’s policy of excluding gays has been pushed to a larger, more representative sample of Scouting: the organization’s national council, with 1,400 voting members.

          Earlier this week, the BSA’s national executive board met for three days without reaching a decision on the policy, so the board assigned its committees to draft a resolution that will be considered at a meeting in May, to be held in Grapevine, Texas, outside Dallas.





          Ellen DeGeneres criticises Boy Scouts of America for stalling on removing anti-gay ban

          by Scott Roberts
          8 February 2013, 6:28pm


          Ellen DeGeneres is the latest celebrity to urge the Boy Scouts of America to change its anti-gay policy.





          US: Two of founder’s granddaughters quit ‘God Hates Fags’ church and express remorse

          by Joseph Patrick McCormick
          7 February 2013, 3:31pm


          Two granddaughters of the founder of the adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church, also known as the ‘God Hates Fags’ church, appear to have quit the organisation, and expressed regret at “inflicting pain on others” whilst still members.



        • Affirmation: United Methodists
          Australia: Children with same-sex parents have better overall health than national average by Aaron Day 28
          Message 4 of 6 , Jul 16, 2013

            Australia: Children with same-sex parents have ‘better overall health’ than national average

            by Aaron Day
            28 June 2013, 6:54pm


            An Australian report on the children of same-sex couples has revealed that they have higher self-esteem, greater family cohesion, and better overall health than the national average.





            With Law Against Him, Singapore Pol Says He’s Gay

            by Satish Cheney

            Associated Press

            Tuesday Jul 2, 2013


            SINGAPORE -- This conservative city-state convicted men for homosexual behavior as recently as seven years ago, and the British colonial-era law it used is still on the books. The government shows no interest in making a change: The prime minister’s advice has been to just let things be.


            Opposition official Vincent Wijeysingha isn’t taking that advice. On his Facebook page last week, he became the first Singaporean politician to come out of the closet, and he is advocating for the law to be scrapped.





            Op-ed: Ex-Gay Isn't Exactly Over

            Is the 'new' Exodus International a kinder, gentler 'ex-gay' ministry?

            BY Rev. Mel White

            June 25 2013 2:17 PM ET


            In the past few days, many have celebrated the headline “Exodus International Closes Down.” And we should rightfully thank Alan Chambers for his confession that “ex-gay therapy” does not work and for his apology for the “pain and hurt” it has cost so many of us. I saw Alan issue his apology at the last Exodus conference. He was sincere and contrite. Even if you don’t trust Alan’s motives, you have to admit that his confession and apology are a giant step forward in undermining the credibility of those who continue to hold out the false promises made by the ex-gay movement.





            Brazil: Gay ‘cure’ bill withdrawn before vote in Parliament

            by Scott Roberts
            3 July 2013, 4:24pm


            A politician in Brazil who proposed legislation that would allow psychiatrists to treat homosexuality as a disease has withdrawn the bill before giving representatives a chance to vote on it.





            Nepal: 62 LGBT candidates to run for seats in November election

            by Joseph Patrick McCormick
            5 July 2013, 3:20pm


            This year’s race for seats in Nepal’s Constituent Assembly will see 62 LGBT candidates run, in the hope of better representing the LGBT community in the country.





            Gay Pride Banner Could Prompt South Louisiana Flag Limit

            Associated Press

            Sunday Jul 7, 2013


            LAFAYETTE, La. - A south Louisiana official says he’s drafting a proposal to limit the types of flags that can be flown on government property after hearing complaints about a gay pride flag being hoisted temporarily in a local park.


            Andy Naquin, a Lafayette City-Parish councilman, told The Daily Advertiser (http://bit.ly/12jcHDK) that he was contacted by a military veteran who was offended that a gay pride group flew the rainbow flag June 30 in Girard Park, which is Lafayette Consolidated Government property.





            July 16, 2013 10:30AM

            Arson, Torture and Murder Devastate LGBT Activists in Cameroon

            Post by Peter Montgomery


            Earlier this month we reported on Born this Way, a documentary about LGBT rights activists working in Cameroon amid denunciations from religious leaders and threats of violence. Today comes the crushing news, via Human Rights Watch, that LGBTI activist Eric Ohena Lembembe has been tortured and killed, and that the headquarters of Alternatives-Cameroun, the HIV services organization featured in the documentary as a refuge for so many people, has been burned down.




          • Affirmation: United Methodists
            Some Gay-Rights Activists Regret Focus on Marriage by David Crary Associated Press
            Message 5 of 6 , Jul 22, 2013

              Some Gay-Rights Activists Regret Focus on Marriage

              by David Crary

              Associated Press

              Thursday Jul 18, 2013


              Even as it celebrates victories in the push for same-sex marriage, America’s gay-rights movement is experiencing self-criticism and internal divisions over its approach to other thorny issues.

              Some activists say the nationwide marriage campaign, while worthwhile, has diverted energy and resources from causes that may be harder to market - such as rights for transgender people and advocacy to combat HIV and AIDS.




              Zimmerman Verdict Sparks LGBT Groups’ Calls for Justice

              by Justin Snow

              Metro Weekly

              Friday Jul 19, 2013


              "Every person, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, must be able to walk the streets without fear for their safety," 35 LGBT-rights groups, including the National Black Justice Coalition, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Human Rights Campaign, wrote in the open letter released yesterday.



            • Affirmation: United Methodists
              Pew Republishes Sobering Statistic As Christie Signs Gay Conversion Ban by Jason St. Amand National News Editor Thursday Aug 22, 2013 In spite of the numerous
              Message 6 of 6 , Sep 5, 2013

                Pew Republishes Sobering Statistic As Christie Signs Gay Conversion Ban

                by Jason St. Amand

                National News Editor

                Thursday Aug 22, 2013


                In spite of the numerous advances made by the LGBT rights movement over the past decade, and the widely held impression that American public’s attitudes towards LGBT citizens have greatly shifted for the better, a new poll finds that still more than 30 percent of people believe gay men and women can change their sexual orientation.




                Israel to honour gay Holocaust victims with first monument

                by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                23 August 2013, 2:05pm


                Israel has announced that it is to erect a monument in the honour of gay victims of the Holocaust, the first of its kind in the country.




                Evangelicals Becoming More Accepting of LGBTs, Study Finds

                by Megan Barnes

                EDGE Contributor

                Monday Aug 26, 2013


                Evangelical Christians are becoming more tolerant of gays and lesbians and supportive of civil unions, according to a new study by Baylor University.

                The study, conducted by researchers at the Christian college in Waco, Texas, surveyed more than 1,700 respondents across the country and found that almost a fourth of evangelicals surveyed were not opposed to civil unions, even though they morally opposed homosexuality.




                Macmillan Dictionary revises definition of ‘marriage’ to include same-sex couples

                by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                24 August 2013, 6:56pm


                Macmillan Dictionary has become the first dictionary in Britain to revise the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.




                Israel to Build Monument to Gay Nazi Victims

                by Sergio N. Candido

                South Florida Gay News

                Monday Aug 26, 2013

                The city of Tel Aviv, in Israel, will build the country’s first monument dedicated to the homosexual victims of the German Nazi regime.





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