Friday, July 15, 2016

Conversion Therapy Still Endorsed by Republicans

Conversion Therapy Still Endorsed by Republicans

Family Research Council Hammers Home

The President of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, succeeded in introducing an amendment to the Republican Platform affirming “the right of parents to determine the proper treatment or therapy for their minor children.”

You know what this means…The FRC approves of conversion or so-called reparative therapy, aka. pray-the-gay-away therapy.  Although conversion therapy has been banned in New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois, California, Vermont, Iowa, and the District of Columbia, and in 2015, Cincinnati, Ohio passed the 1st city level conversion therapy ban, the FRC, a Christian public policy ministry, is all about religious liberty and right-wing causes at the expense of the LGBT population.

Traditional Family Values Don’t Reflect Modern Society

The American Psychiatric Association knows better.  It disapproves of conversion therapy.  In 1973, homosexuality was declassified as a mental disorder by the APA.  It opposes psychiatric treatment based upon the assumption that a patient should change his/her sexual homosexual orientation and describes attempts to change sexual orientation by practitioners as UNETHICAL!

Dangers of Conversion Therapy

There don’t seem to be any long-term studies of conversion therapy.  Organizations such as NARTH don’t disclose the side effects in its propaganda.  This kind of so-called therapy may cause social harm by disseminating unscientific views about sexual orientation.

Rarely, does conversion therapy work in the long run.  It can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness and suicide.

Better Means for Coping

If you are Republican, religious, and having trouble accepting your LGBT child’s sexual orientation, try consulting these organizations that have proven track records for parental support:

Family Acceptance Project

 The Parents Project

PFLAG (Parents for Lesbians and Gays, now includes bisexuals and transgenders)

Monday, July 4, 2016

We Celebrate Our Independence Today

And Our Inclusive Military Policy

Yet, just six days ago, transgender members of the U.S. Military served in silence and were considered unfit for serving openly.  According to Palm Center, an independent think tank that researches issues of sexuality, there are 12,800 actively serving transgender members of U.S. Military currently serving secretly.  The Department of Defense’s medical regulations prohibited their service and required their separation from the military.

Over a year ago, the American Medical Association approved a resolution that concluded there is no medically valued reason to block transgender individuals from military service.  The Defense Department dragged its heels until it was goaded by its first openly gay U.S. Army Secretary, Eric Fanning and President Obama.

Honor, Dignity and Courage

“We have to have access to 100% of America’s population for our all-volunteer force to be able to recruit from among them the most highly qualified and to retain them,” emphasized Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

By ending the ban on transgenders, the military and our nation will be strengthened.  The transgender service people want to be held to the same standards as their straight counterparts.

The military services are likely to ask for a period to educate the force before the transgender-friendly policy is put into place while Carter is in office.  Considerations are uniforms, grooming, and bathroom usage.  In order to qualify,  transgender recruits must have completed medical treatment their doctor has determined to be appropriate.

If transgendered military personnel are willing to die for their country, it’s only right that they are allowed to be themselves and serve openly. Eighteen other nations have known this before the U.S. came to its senses.