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Shocking video of two churches pushing ex-gay therapy may help end the practice
While more US states prepare to ban so-called ex-gay conversion therapy, the harmful practice of trying to change someone’s sexual orientation remains legal through the UK. And a recent TV report has captured disturbing footage of two UK churches claiming that God can “fix” gay people.
An ITV investigative report revealed that Journey UK and World Mission Agency – Winners Chapel International (WMA-WCI) both advocate the idea that one can pray the gay away.
A man from Journey UK spoke to an undercover ITV reporter about how certain activities can help lessen one’s feelings of same-sex attraction. A pastor from WMA-WCI told the reporter that gay people are under Satan’s control and compared positive media depictions of gay people to Nazi propaganda.
The WMA-WCI pastor also said a 20-minute prayer over the reporter, even speaking in tongues, presumably attempting to “heal” him.
Woman Held Captive for 10 Years in 'Basement of Horrors' Speaks Out: 'I Thought I Was Going to Die There'
A Pennsylvania woman who was held captive for 10 years in what has reportedly been described as a “basement of horrors” is sharing her story seven years after she was rescued.
“I thought I was going to die there,” Tamara Breeden told local TV station WCAU in an interview this week of her time imprisoned in the basement of a Philadelphia home where she and several other developmentally disabled adults were kept.
The group was eventually saved in 2011 and their captor, Linda Weston, along with three co-conspirators were sent to prison.
Breeden, now 36, told WCAU that in addition to being physically abused and kept in torturous conditions — without light, a bed or a bathroom — she and the others were forced to urinate in a bucket, wear clothes pulled from the trash and denied showers.
Rose McGowan's heard more LGBTI MeToo stories 'than the media would ever cover’
Rose McGowan has talked about the impact of MeToo movement among LGBTIs, saying she’s ‘humbled’ when community members share their stories with her.
Speaking at Damian Barr’s Literary Salon in London last month, the activist said she’d heard more stories ‘than the media would ever cover’, particularly from gay men and boys.
The former Charmed actress became a figurehead for the MeToo movement, which fights against sexual abuse and assault, after becoming one of the most high profile accusers of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein last year.
Asked by GSN at the event: ‘Would you like to see the the MeToo movement reverberate deeper among the LGBTI community and specifically gay men?’ Rose gave a detailed and thoughtful response.
‘‘Society is only really as sick as its secrets’
Gay Star News
Case reveals shame, trauma of male sex trafficking victims
CNN Sues Trump Over Suspension of Jim Acosta’s WH Credentials
CNN is suing Donald Trump, chief of staff John Kelly, press secretary Sarah Sanders, deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine, Secret Service director Joseph Clancy, and the Secret Service officer who took Jim Acosta’s hard pass away in order to have Acosta’s credentials restored.
CNN reports: ‘The lawsuit is a response to the White House’s suspension of Acosta’s press pass, known as a Secret Service “hard pass,” last week. The suit alleges that Acosta and CNN’s First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by the ban. The suit is being filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning, a CNN spokeswoman confirmed…The six defendants are all named because of their roles in enforcing and announcing Acosta’s suspension.’
White House must restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press pass, judge rules
KANSAS OFFICIAL TELLS BLACK WOMAN HE'S MEMBER OF THE 'MASTER RACE:' 'DON'T EVER FORGET THAT'
A Kansas County commissioner is facing calls to apologize after telling a black woman that he is part of the “master race” during a routine public planning meeting.
The remark was made on Tuesday by Leavenworth County commissioner Louis Klemp, a white man, and seemingly directed at a woman presenting for an architecture firm. It has been branded as racist—and local media reported it was not the first time Klemp has sparked controversy.
“I don't want you to feel like I'm picking on you. Because we are part of the master race,” he said in the meeting. “You have a gap in your teeth you're the master race, don’t ever forget that.”
Bob Holland, another Leavenworth County commissioner, told KCTV5 that Klemp—who is reportedly due to leave his position on January 15 next year—should make an apology.
“What’s this master race?" Holland said on Wednesday. “None of us are a master race. We are all Americans, we are all human beings. I think he is a racist. I do. I think he owes an apology to that woman. I think he owes an apology to the whole commission. And the county.”
Professor Calls Cops on Black Student for Having Her Feet Up in Class
Georgia Legislator, Arrested At Work, Says She Was ‘Singled Out As A Black Female Senator’
Georgia state Sen. Nikema Williams (D-Atlanta) was arrested along with more than a dozen other protesters at the Georgia State Capitol on Tuesday afternoon at a demonstration asking the state to “count every vote” from last week’s gubernatorial election. Protesters shouted “Let her go!” as Williams was handcuffed while the General Assembly was in session.
Williams, a civil rights advocate who organized domestic workers for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, was charged with misdemeanor obstruction of justice and spent about six hours at Fulton County Jail in Atlanta.
“There are countless Georgians who cast their ballots and still don’t feel like their voices are heard,” she said in a statement after being released. “I joined them down on the floor, and I was singled out as a Black female senator standing in the rotunda with constituents.”
Conversion Therapy Is Still Happening And It's Killing LGBTQ Teens
This year, two movies about conversion therapy (or the idea that homosexuality and queerness are curable diseases) have hit the big screen to critical acclaim. Boy Erased, based on the memoir of the same title by Garrard Conley, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, based on the novel by Emily Danforth, tell the stories of two teenagers from religious communities whose families enroll them in programs that promise to rid them of their same-sex attraction.
As someone from a religious background, I was moved by how realistic both films were about the pain of growing up in a community that rejects a major facet of your identity. But what I truly found to be one of the most emotional moments of Boy Erased was, in the film's final moments, when modern day conversion therapy facts started to appear on-screen. The film says that 700,000 LGBTQ people have been subjected to conversion therapy.
And it’s entirely true— conversion therapy is a reality. It’s still fully legally in 36 states, and strains of it run through too many religious communities to count. It's estimated that 20,000 LGBTQ teens will be subject to conversion therapy by a healthcare provider, and nearly 60,000 will be subject to "treatment" from a religious counselor before they turn 18.
Kentucky Baptist Convention severs ties with churches that support hiring gay employees
Trans woman wins major legal victory after she was a ‘sex slave’ in prison
A transgender woman in prison in Illinois won a court victory after she said she was treated like a “sex slave” in a men’s facility.
Strawberry Hampton sued the Illinois Department of Corrections several times to get transferred to a women’s facility.
Over the past two years, Hampton has been housed in four different men’s prisons. She says that she was the victim of sexual assault, both by other inmates and by guards.
Andrew Gillum Shreds Donald Trump With Just 3 Little Words
The winner of Florida’s gubernatorial race is still up in the air, but even if he loses, Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum can take pride in at least one thing: he bested Donald Trump on Twitter.
And he only needed three words to do it.
On Monday, the president argued that the Florida election should be called in favor of Republicans Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott even though doing so would buck the state’s recount procedures.
However, he came out on top with his response to Trump’s conspiratorial tweet.
Dan Reynolds Says His LGBTQ Activism Invites Backlash On All Sides, But 'Everybody Has to Do Their Part'
Dan Reynolds is not afraid of alienating some in his audience. The Imagine Dragons frontman has been a fierce and outspoken ally for the LGBTQ community for the last few years, and has seen his fair share of criticism for being so vocal.
Reynolds opened up about that criticism in a recent interview with Vulture. The artist said that many of his critics were conservative parents who didn’t agree with his message of equality. “Going into this, I knew there would be people on the far right who were going to be upset,” he said of his activism. “People tell me they won’t allow their kids to go to my concerts anymore; that when I get to heaven, God’s going to be upset with me because I made so many kids gay.”
Scotland is officially requiring schools to include LGBTI history in their curriculum
This… impolite ad explains why a ‘Masshole’ is voting for trans equality
A “Masshole” explains why he’s voting yes on Question 3 in Massachusetts today.
A law that added gender identity to the state’s anti-discrimination laws was put on the ballot. Voting “Yes” on the referendum keeps the law on the books, making it the pro-transgender side.
Barbra Streisand & GLAAD Send a Message to Voters: 'America Is Better When We Stand Together'
Barbra Streisand has partnered with GLAAD to encourage LGBTQ voters to hit the polls on Tuesday for the midterm elections.
Barbra Streisand Says She Has to
The Gerrymandered Campus
Are you ever confused about where you should vote? Do you worry whether your vote counts? Reporter Kamaya Truitt looks at the strange case of North Carolina A&T State University, which state legislators divided into two congressional districts. Student activists say it’s a case of gerrymandering to split the Black vote. They’re mobilizing to make sure their voices are heard.
The religious right is already waging war on LGBTQ legislation in the next Congress
All the signs point to a blue wave on Tuesday that will return the House of Representatives to Democratic control. (On the other hand, the Senate is a long shot, at best.)
Politicians from both sides of the aisle have all but conceded that Republicans have virtually no chance of holding onto their majority. That includes religious right leaders, who are now laying out their strategy to stop Democrats from passing any legislation that would help LGBTQ people.
In particular, they have declared war on the Equality Act, a measure that would add gender identity and sexual orientation to existing civil rights protections.
The Equality Act Would Outlaw LGBT Discrimination. Will It Ever Be Passed?
Transgender gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist says Trump 'wants to eradicate my community'
Symone D. Sanders On "Why We Must Vote!"
On August 22, 1964, Fannie Lou Hamer went before the Democratic National Committee to insist that the Mississippi Freedom Party, an organization she started to help African-Americans register to vote, be seated to integrate the all-White Mississippi delegation to the Democratic National Convention.
Then President Lyndon B. Johnson tried to silence Hamer. His aides and allies pressured her not to speak, and in a final effort to keep her from being heard, President Johnson called an impromptu press conference so her words would not be televised.
Fortunately, his plan to distract reporters backfired: Hamer’s 13-minute testimony detailing the inequities visited upon Black people who just wanted to vote in the land they called home was aired later that evening on prime time.
Hamer was a political force who would not be ignored. A local leader who thought globally, she knew she could not afford to sit back and let the injustices of her time go unchallenged and unchecked.