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California Governor Jerry Brown signs legislation banning “conversion” treatment

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will ban “reparative” therapy on anyone under the age of 18.  The bill, SB 1172, now law, will prohibit such treatment, and any practitioner who does engage in such procedures will be subject to discipline by his or her licensing board.

“Ex-gay” treatment has been declared ineffective and possibly dangerous by the related medical associations responsible for mental health standards, and gay rights organizations have been lobbying for this bill since it was introduced by Senator Ted Lieu -D Torrance (Los Angeles County).

“This bill bans non-scientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide. These practices have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery,” Brown said in a statement to The San Francisco Chronicle.

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Broward County Becomes First Major School Board to Pass Resolution in Support of LGBT History Month

 The School Board of Broward County, Florida unanimously passed a resolution today declaring its support of LGBT History Month, October 2012. In doing do, the school district becomes the first in the nation to issue an official resolution supporting LGBT History Month. The Broward County School District is the sixth largest school district in the nation and includes Fort Lauderdale.

The resolution states:

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Family Acceptance Project speaker to visit rural California

Tulare County is located in the vast Central Valley of California, is the nation’s #1 dairy producer, and ranks consistently #2 or #3 in overall agricultural production in the United States.  Visalia, the county seat, was also the home of EricJames Borges, a 19 year old gay man whose suicide garnered attention worldwide in January, 2012.

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