CHINA ON GAY CONVERSION THERAPY

China's Hunan province May 17, 2013. Photo/AFP/Getty Images
China’s Hunan province May 17, 2013. Photo/AFP/Getty Images, anti-discrimination march.

I discovered recently, that it seems like China isn’t quite ready to ban gay conversion therapy, even thou in 1997 the government decriminalized homosexuality and in 2001, removed homosexuality as a mental illness.

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National Same-sex marriage by the numbers

Photo by AFP Getty Images
Photo by AFP Getty Images

Many of us know, that either this term or next, the U.S. Supreme Court will most likely take on the case of same-sex marriage, and hopefully rule to strike down any bans, and making it the law of the land.  And if it sounds, that I’m approaching this cautiously, I’m really not.  I just want to point out one thing I discovered today.     Continue reading

Former Conversion Therapy Director Marries Same-Sex Partner

John Smid and Larry McQueen
John Smid and Larry McQueen (facebook)

I’ve often wondered what goes thru the mind of a gay man when he invests himself in ex-gay therapy.  I would only guess, that they in some way, feel extremely conflicted in their sexuality, even tormented.  However, for many, it’s a learning experience.  A time when the perspective can change, and hopefully, for the better.  For which I believe is the case, for John Smid, formally the director of Love in Action, a Memphis based “straight camp” for teens.     Continue reading

THE HOPES OF CHILDREN-404 | A RUSSIAN LGBT SUPPORT GROUP

Yelena Klimova, the journalist who runs the Children-404 online support group for LGBT teenagers. (file photo)
Yelena Klimova, the journalist who runs the Children-404 online support group for LGBT teenagers. (file photo)

As I was about to start this post, I was alerted, that Czar Putin had just made a statement, that he wouldn’t be Czar for life.  In fact the constitution prohibits him from serving beyond 2024.  Well, that won’t be quite soon enough for Yelena Klimova, the journalist who runs Children-404, an online support group for LGBT teenagers in Russia.     Continue reading

13 YEAR OLD COMES OUT | BEST RESPONSE EVER!

text-broRecently, as I was surfin the net the other day, I stumbled across a short but sweet little posting that reminded me, not only of my coming out, but the countless number of other gay peoples stories, good or bad, of what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now.  Now, this 13 year old’s story is just starting, but with the support he has, I bet his coming out is going to be a wee bit easier.    Continue reading

Coming Out Muslim

While not every coming out story has a happy ending, its good to dwell on those that do.  Many of us who must come out to religiously heavy families may find it harder than others.

Comedian, Sabrina Jalees, grew up in a Swiss Pakistani household and found herself faced with this very problem.  She mentions that when she was growing up, she found the idea of two woman being together to be strange.     Continue reading

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