Bill Banning Reparative Therapy in N.J. Approved by Assembly

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Prohibits Licensed Therapists from Performing Conversion Therapy on Minors
An Assembly panel, The Women and Children’s Committee, in the New Jersey State Legislature on June 13, 2013, has approved a measure that disallows licensed therapists from practicing conversion therapy on any person under the age of 18 – even with parental permission, The bill will next go to the Assembly and Senate for votes.
Late last month, the N.J. Senate was due to vote on the measure, but the vote was held up so some unspecified changes that could be made to the legislation.  The measure is backed by the American Psychological Association and is expected to be approved by Governor Christie.… more

Three Gay Teens Killed At Death Camp To Make Them Real Men!

 

Raymond Buys looked a picture of health and vitality before being sent by his mother to The Echo Wild Game Rangers training course, to “Make him a better man, to give him a better future” on 12th January 2011. Less than ten weeks later the 15 year old was in hospital, severely malnourished, dehydrated, his arm was broken in two places and there were cigarette burns and wounds all over his body.

He was put on life support in intensive care just two months into the three-month course at the bush camp an hour away from Johannesburg, South Africa.… more

The Ironies of life…..

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It’s been a while since I last penned an article for Gay Agenda and it’s one of the ironies of life that caused the hiatus to my regular postings that I’d like to share with you.
During the early part of the summer last year I was, like most people in the UK, rather excited about the prospect of the forthcoming Olympic Games taking place on home soil. The Olympic Torch was completing a relay the length and breadth of the country, ensuring the majority of the population could feel part of the massive celebration that is so much more than just a sporting event of a global scale.… more

American Academy of Pediatrics Supports Gay Marriage

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Concludes Same-Sex Marriage As Good For Kids
The American Academy of Pediatrics, representing 60,000 pediatricians and other pediatric specialists, “supports pediatricians advocating for public policies that help all children and their parents, regardless of sexual orientation, build and maintain strong, stable, and healthy families that are able to meet the needs of their children.”
The AAP’s position comes from the perspective of what is best for the children’s well-being: these factors include potentially better access to health insurance, as well as the legal rights for the children and families by marriage, such as parental visitation and custody in case of divorce.… more

American Psychological Association Files Brief with the U.S. Supreme Court

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Claims No Scientific Basis for Banning Same-Sex Marriage
The American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C, is the world’s largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.  It is the world’s largest association of psychologists. Donald N. Bersoff, PhD, JD, said that the association has a long history of supporting equal access to legal marriage based on years of scientific research. “There is no scientific basis for denying marriage to same-sex couples particularly when research indicates that marriage provides many important benefits.  The research shows that same-sex couples are similar to heterosexual couples in essential ways and that they are as likely as opposite-sex couples to raise mentally, healthy, well-adjusted children.”
What the Briefs State
“Like heterosexual couples, same-sex couples, form deep emotional attachments and commitments.  Heterosexual and same-sex couples alike face similar issues concerning intimacy, love, equity, loyalty and stability, and they go through similar processes to address those issues.… more

Israel’s HIV Rate Up Since 2005

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Ministry of Health Figures Up 55%.
Israel’s Ministry of Health found that infection rate among gay men is five times more common  than among heterosexuals.
Haaretz reports that there are now an estimated 7,750 people living with HIV in Israel, and probably one-third of them don’t know it. It is not clear if increased testing and awareness are leading to an increase in reported cases or if there is a spike in actual infections.
Alarming Current Statistics

More than 20% of gay Israeli men report not using condoms.
Number of respondents who reported casual partners jumped to 40%.… more

Yet Another Major Supporter of Boy Scouts Withdraws

 
Angry at Anti-Gay Policy of Boy Scouts
New Jersey-based Pharmaceutical Giant Merck, following the precedent set by Intel and UPS, this week reported that it would suspend all funding to the Boy Scouts until the Boy Scouts inclusion criteria has been expanded.
Merck had given the Boy Scouts of America $30,000 in 2011, according to records.  In a statement released last week, Vice President and spokesperson for Merck, Brian Grill outlined the decision to not donate :
“The Merck Foundation believes that it is critical to honor and support a foundational policy of diversity and inclusion in all funding decisions.  Recently, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), with its 2.7 million youth membership, restated its policy that excludes members on the basis of sexual orientation.… more

World Aids Day is December 1, 2012.

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The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. World AIDS Campaign is the leading international organization which plans and implements the observation.

Good News About AIDS in Poor Countries, but Treatment Still Lags
The United Nations reported on Tuesday that new infections with H.I.V. have dropped by half in the past ten years in twenty-five poor countries, particularly Africa.  See http://New H.I.V. Cases Falling In Some Poor Nations, but Treatment Still Lags, New York Times, 11/21/2012.
New infections are down twenty-two percent from 2001, when there were 3.2 million globally.… more

One In Four Young Gay People Assaulted

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Shocking new researched finds that one in four young gay people in England have been assaulted simply because of their sexuality, whilst over half have self-harmed in some way.  Forty-seven per cent say they have received threats or intimidation as a result of being gay. These statistics are alarming and the research from Youth Chances, are a stark reminder of the difficulties faced by young lesbian, gay, bi and transgender people in the UK.
Youth Chances are undertaking the biggest social research project into young GLBT people across the UK. Eventually this three-year project will conducted research with some 15,000 young people, whilst the shocking figures released last week are based on initial findings from the first 3,500 responses.… more

GLBT Population Undersurveyed

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Social Stigma Prevents Truth
The largest single Gallup study on record of the distribution of the U.S. LGBT population reports that only 3.4% identify as LGBT.
This study tracked over 120,000 telephone interviewees between June 1 and September 30, 2012.  Participants were asked “Do you, personally identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?”
How Could The Numbers Have Gone Down?
The reliable figures from the Centers for Disease Control put 1 in 10 as homosexual . If this is the case, how could the statistics have dropped?

Problem With Surveys
In the LGBTQ Nation’s article, “Gallup study reports that only 3.4% of Americans identify as LGBT,” 10/18/12, flaws are mentioned in this survey:

The estimate reflects those adult Americans who publicly identify themselves as part of the LGBT community when asked in a survey context.… more