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Leelah's Law

Posted on January 10, 2015 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

On Sunday, December 27th, 2014, Ohio transgender seventeen year old Leelah (Josh) Alcorn took her life after years of psychological abuse and neglect by her evangelical parents. But before she did so, she penned a powerful note to her friends, family and the world, asking them to "fix the world" that drove her to end her life.

 

One of the things her parents did was to send her to a "reparative" or "conversion" therapist, who essentially tried to brainwash and bully the ...

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Who was Harry Benjamin?

Posted on June 20, 2010 at 2:23 PM Comments comments (0)

Harry Benjamin, MD was a pioneering transgender researcher in the mid-20th century. He was the first to understand the true nature of what it means to be transgender. Dr. Benjamin is considered a hero by many in the field, and by many transgender people. He worked tirelessly to shed light on the condition and to define effective treatments. His work has been carried on by hundreds of other medical and mental health professionals since his death.

 

The international ...

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Ex-Gay "Therapy"?

Posted on June 20, 2010 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The 150,000 member American Psychological Association (APA) has long opposed the idea that one's sexual orientation can be changed by any means, including therapy. Homosexuality was removed from the official list of mental disorders by the APA more than 40 years ago.

 

In August 2009, the APA's governing council voted 125 to 4 to approve a resolution putting itself firmly on record as opposing any so-called "ex-gay" or "reparative" therapies purporting to "correct"...

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Transgender: Out or Not?

Posted on June 20, 2010 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Transgender people aren’t like gays and lesbians – coming “out of the closet” doesn’t mean the same thing for them. For a gay or lesbian person, it means telling the world (or at least those closest to them) that they want to have open relationships with persons of the same sex. They want these relationships to be considered normal and acceptable.

 

But if you are transgender, you are simply trapped in the wrong body: a male brain in a femal...

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STD Protection Basics

Posted on June 12, 2010 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

• Not having sex is the best way to protect yourself from HIV/STDs.

• Having sex with only one uninfected partner who only has sex with you is also safe.

• Talk to your partner about past sex partners and about needle drug use. Don't have sex with someone who you think might have an STD.

• Before you have sex, look closely at your partner for any signs of STDs: a rash, a sore, warts, or discharge. If you see anything you are worried about

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