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Texas Democrats Try To Repeal Anti-Gay Law

Democratic lawmaker is proposing that Texas repeal an anti-gay law overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003. El Paso Sen. Jose Rodriguez is expected to lay out his measure before the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday.
Associated Press
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April 17, 2013

Gay therapy is not just sticks and stones

Initially I believed a law, by itself, is not the most efficient means of protecting the public from scientifically unproven “treatments.” Simply passing laws might create the erroneous impression that everything that needs to be done has been done and distract from needed efforts to educate oversight bodies. Licensing boards, regulatory agencies and ethics committees of professional organizations are often woefully unfamiliar with the harm caused by conversion therapies.
New Jersey Star-Ledger
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April 17, 2013
April 16, 2013

Ousted gay Boy Scout leader to deliver 64,000 petition signatures to United Way

Kentucky father Greg Bourke, who was forced out of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for being gay, plans to deliver more than 64,000 Change.org petition signatures to the United Way urging the organization to withhold financial support from the Scouts.
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April 17, 2013

Gay-inclusive Scouting alternative doubles membership

Navigators USA, a non-discriminatory scouting group, has doubled its size in the last year despite heavily shrinking numbers in the Boy Scouts of America.
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April 16, 2013

Author Lesléa Newman To Read From "October Mourning: A Song For Matthew Shepard" In NYC

Author Lesléa Newman is coming to New York City to read from her new novel-in-verse, "October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard."

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April 16, 2013

Women's shelter in Washington D.C. will now welcome transgender women after court order

Transgender women in Washington D.C. can now utilize the facilities in the John L. Young Shelter for Women. D.C. after superior court judge Geoffrey Alprin issued an order which requires the city funded shelter to stop denying transgender women access to the facility.

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