Sunday, 29 April 2012

Robert Spitzer and ex-gay therapy: so, about that "choice"?

This week a bombshell rocked the LGBT community, and in a good way. A very, very good way.

One the other hand, it’s a total bummer for people like Marcus Bachmann, Care, Core Issues, Desert Stream Ministries, Exodus International, Living Waters, Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, not forgetting our old friends Eugene Fear-The-Peen Delgaudio and Dr Peter Saunders.

Why? Because in 2001 Dr. Robert Spitzer Presented a paper entitled Can Some Gay Men and Lesbians Change Their Sexual Orientation? at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual bash. Since it came from a self-styled “skeptic” who had previously led the movement to get homosexuality removed from the DSM IV and no longer considered as an illness, this opened the floodgates to self-styled “gay cure” therapists, often closely associated with the religious right. And in spite of the study’s conclusions having been robustly criticised from the outset, these parasitic purveyors of deluded quackery and evangelistic brainwashing continue to promote their fear-filled, hateful agenda...

Read the rest here: Robert Spitzer and ex-gay therapy: so, about that "choice"?

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Calling all Europeans: important LGBT survey

This is the deal: if you're not directly concerned, pass it on!

Take part in the biggest ever European LGBT survey.

The results of the survey will be published on the webpage of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in the first half of 2013.

If you know of others who might be interested in taking part in the survey, please do forward the link. We would especially like to encourage older lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender persons to take part in the survey too.

List of organisations:

Please click here to see a list of relevant organisations that might provide you with further assistance if you have been discriminated against or have been victim of crime.                                     

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Sunday, 1 April 2012

A first time I could have done without

It's been a hot day in a busy, dusty town. We're all desperate for a cool drink before dinner and, as luck would have it, there are quite a few decent caf├ęs nearby. The three of us find a table in the shade and wait for a waiter or waitress to take our order. Nothing happens.

We are being ignored completely. Nobody so much as glances at us, except a man who looks like a tramp but is probably the owner, from his demeanour. From where I am sitting I can see him talking to the barman, who is giving us some very nasty looks. We're not going to get served.

Fine, we'll pass it on. We know quite a few people in town, funnily enough. We find a small fast-food restaurant where the friendly, hard-working Muslim staff are quite happy to serve Anne-Marie, who has only just started transition and doesn't pass well at all.

She's used to it, poor soul. It's the first time in my whole life I have seen vicious small-minded bigotry at work. I think what made it worse is that they can't have missed her collecting funds for AIDS research in the square outside throughout the entire afternoon.