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New York Acts to Ban “Conversion Therapy”, White House Supports Ban

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will ban “conversion therapy” in New York State. NY joins Oregon, California, Illinois, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. with Cuomo saying, “Conversion therapy is a fundamentally flawed practice.”

The Obama administration also announced support for banning the practice after a petition begun when a transgender teenager died from suicide after being subjected to therapy to alter gender identity had gained 120,000 signatures.

White House adviser Valerie Jarrett wrote the “overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy …. is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm.”

The Human Rights Campaign applauded Cuomo and the White House action and asked everyone in the country to donate $100 to the HRC to show support.

Putting the “T” in the Olympics

New Guide Lines for transgender athletes to compete in the 2016 Brazil Olympics will be approved by the IOC in time for the Brazil Summer Games.

The guidelines leave no restriction for competition in men’s events. The new policy removes the need for women to have reassignment surgery.

“The new IOC transgender guidelines fix almost all of the deficiencies with the old rules,” said Joanna Harper, chief medical physicist at Providence Portland Medical Center.

The complete list of recommendations for the new IOC policy, can be found at

The One True Comic: Gay Mormon Superhero

An LDS Faith Building superhero, called Stripling Warrior, from So Super Duper Comics follows Sam Shepard, who is “called” to be “the hand of God on earth.”

The series, authored by Brian Andersen and illustrated by James Neish, has Shepard, a happily out man visited by an angel on his wedding night and given the power to lay on hands to make people tell the truth and to “Smite villains with the power of 2000 Striplings”. He is served by a “sin sniffing bird-of-prey”, LaLia.

Preview issues are free (thank God) at

Marriage Equality Didn’t Ruin Marriage, But is Hell on Divorce

After gay marriage became legal, straight divorce fell to a 25-year low says the North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services. The Department reported fewer couples divorcing following the legalization of same-sex marriage in North Carolina than during any period in the last quarter of a century. The report notes that North Carolina experienced a slight jump in divorces in 2012, the same year voters approved Amendment 1, the controversial amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state.

Freedom to Marry, Adieu

A key organization in the fight for marriage equality, Freedom to Marry, is closing up shop. The founder, Evan Wolfson, told supporters, “Our journey at Freedom to Marry has come to an end. This is the final note you’ll receive from Freedom to Marry.”

Wolfson, an attorney based in New York City, founded the organization in the 1990s — the idea coming from a project Wolfson started in law school. He wrote, “Through hard work, we held America to its promise, inspired tens of millions around the world, and made countless lives better. Love won. We all won.”

HRC Says 26 States Need Work on LGBT Equality

The Human Rights Campaign released the State Equality Index ( The report details individual state progress for LBGT Equality protections.

“Even with marriage equality the law of the land, the battle for LGBT rights at the state level continues to be a story of successes and setbacks,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.

The SEI assigns states to one of four categories: Solidifying Equality, Working Toward Innovative Equality, Building Equality, High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality.

Utah is cited as “Building Equality” with six other states. The designation is defined as: “states have taken steps toward LGBT equality, including passing basic nondiscrimination and hate crimes laws, but have few protections for transgender health care. Advocates must work to stop bills that undermine LGBT equality.”

Twenty-eight states are in the lowest-rated category “High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality.”

The Human Rights Campaign asked everyone in the country to donate $100 to the HRC to show support for LGBT equality.

Fashion Icon Obeys Court

Federal Judge David Bunning ruled that Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis has obeyed orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples since she went to jail for refusing to do so. He found that Davis has allowed her deputies to issue licenses to anyone eligible since September and that the altered licenses are likely valid under Kentucky law.

Judge Bunning found that Davis has been complying with his order and that “there is every reason to believe that any altered licenses … would be recognized under Kentucky law,” rendering the ACLU’s request “moot.”

Cruz’s Tangled Web

Senator Ted Cruz was not excited to discover that a soft-core porn actress (one movie featuring her in a lesbian love scene) appeared in one of his ads. Cruz has spoken out against the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, calling it “an act of naked and lawless judicial activism.”

Naked, indeed. Sen. Ted Cruz Campaign officials pulled the ad on Thursday, after finding out actress Amy Lindsay had roles in Carnal Wishes, Insatiable Desires and Private Sex Club.

She was hired during an open casting call and delivered a line in a Cruz commercial mocking Senator Marco Rubio, telling a male actor, “Maybe you should vote for more than just a pretty face next time.”

Even more tangle: Lindsay said that she is a Christian and Republican who’s on the fence between voting for Cruz or Donald Trump. She said she is not pleased that the campaign yanked her commercial.

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