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Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ community legal in 41 states

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Sam Brinton, New York Times Opinion, Jan 24, 2018: I Was Tortured in Gay Conversion Therapy. And It’s Still Legal in 41 States.

    Sam Brinton's parents were Southern Baptist missionaries who believed that conversion therapy could cure abnormal sexual behavior. Brinton writes:

    "For over two years, I sat on a couch and endured emotionally painful sessions with a counselor. I was told that my faith community rejected my sexuality; that I was the abomination we had heard about in Sunday school; that I was the only gay person in the world; that it was inevitable I would get H.I.V. and AIDS.

    "But it didn’t stop with these hurtful talk-therapy sessions. The therapist ordered me bound to a table to have ice, heat and electricity applied to my body. I was forced to watch clips on a television of gay men holding hands, hugging and having sex. I was supposed to associate those images with the pain I was feeling to once and for all turn into a straight boy. In the end it didn’t work. I would say that it did, just to make the pain go away."

    Brinton's experience is not just an isolated case. As he points out, conversion therapy is legal in 41 states, and he is not alone. Some 700,000 adults (including 350,000 adolescents) have been subjected to conversion therapy. Health care professionals will conduct conversion therapy on some 20,000 teens before they reach the age of 18. It's even a bigger business for religious advisors who are expected to administer the therapy to 57,000 teenagers before adulthood.

    Trump's religious advocates are a big part of his base of supporters, so don't look for any changes in the laws of these states. A federal law would not stand a chance of being passed with this Congress.

    I just share this as another example of how our society has failed to move on in the 21st century. What next, taking our country back to the days of witchcraft persecutions?

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Sam Brinton, New York Times Opinion, Jan 24, 2018: I Was Tortured in Gay Conversion Therapy. And It’s Still Legal in 41 States.

    Sam Brinton's parents were Southern Baptist missionaries who believed that conversion therapy could cure abnormal sexual behavior. Brinton writes:

    "For over two years, I sat on a couch and endured emotionally painful sessions with a counselor. I was told that my faith community rejected my sexuality; that I was the abomination we had heard about in Sunday school; that I was the only gay person in the world; that it was inevitable I would get H.I.V. and AIDS.

    "But it didn’t stop with these hurtful talk-therapy sessions. The therapist ordered me bound to a table to have ice, heat and electricity applied to my body. I was forced to watch clips on a television of gay men holding hands, hugging and having sex. I was supposed to associate those images with the pain I was feeling to once and for all turn into a straight boy. In the end it didn’t work. I would say that it did, just to make the pain go away."

    Brinton's experience is not just an isolated case. As he points out, conversion therapy is legal in 41 states, and he is not alone. Some 700,000 adults (including 350,000 adolescents) have been subjected to conversion therapy. Health care professionals will conduct conversion therapy on some 20,000 teens before they reach the age of 18. It's even a bigger business for religious advisors who are expected to administer the therapy to 57,000 teenagers before adulthood.

    Trump's religious advocates are a big part of his base of supporters, so don't look for any changes in the laws of these states. A federal law would not stand a chance of being passed with this Congress.

    I just share this as another example of how our society has failed to move on in the 21st century. What next, taking our country back to the days of witchcraft persecutions?

    Yes Schmidt, that is what you get with "religious" fanatics, living in the stone age. Only possible here. Ask Pence what he thinks. Like I said many times "religion" is the curse of humanity. How many people worldwide suffer because of it?
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt:

    Michele Bachmann's husband still operates a "gay conversion" clinic in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. It was fined last May for failing to keep proper records.

    Mr. Bachmann insists that his clinic does not offer conversion therapy, but that is "not exactly" the truth. In 2011, a gay rights group called Truth Wins Out sent an activist named John Becker undercover into the Lake Elmo clinic and recorded a therapist quoting Bible verses and assuring him that homosexuality could be reversed.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/clinic-run-michele-bachmann-s-husband-hit-violations-n738181

    Some of the work done at the clinic has been paid for by taxpayers, since the clinic has received $137,000 from Medicaid, a program that "the queen of crazy" has criticized in the past.

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    Although it is NOT true that she said that falafel is a "gateway food" to Islam, it IS true that she has implied that the HPV vaccine causes "mental retardation" and she HAS suggested that the 2011 East Coast earthquake and hurricane were messages from God.

    The quotes at the link below will tell you how she earned her title:

    https://www.thoughtco.com/dumb-michele-bachmann-quotes-2734647

    She founded the Tea Part Caucus in 2010. It has now morphed into the Freedom Caucus.

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    I just wonder that women like her actually exist. In any normal country she would be in a loony house for sure. Only in America is this possible.
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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Schmidt:

    Michele Bachmann's husband still operates a "gay conversion" clinic in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. It was fined last May for failing to keep proper records.

    Mr. Bachmann insists that his clinic does not offer conversion therapy, but that is "not exactly" the truth. In 2011, a gay rights group called Truth Wins Out sent an activist named John Becker undercover into the Lake Elmo clinic and recorded a therapist quoting Bible verses and assuring him that homosexuality could be reversed.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/clinic-run-michele-bachmann-s-husband-hit-violations-n738181

    Some of the work done at the clinic has been paid for by taxpayers, since the clinic has received $137,000 from Medicaid, a program that "the queen of crazy" has criticized in the past.

    • Image result for michele bachmann

    • Image result for michele bachmann

    Although it is NOT true that she said that falafel is a "gateway food" to Islam, it IS true that she has implied that the HPV vaccine causes "mental retardation" and she HAS suggested that the 2011 East Coast earthquake and hurricane were messages from God.

    The quotes at the link below will tell you how she earned her title:

    https://www.thoughtco.com/dumb-michele-bachmann-quotes-2734647

    She founded the Tea Part Caucus in 2010. It has now morphed into the Freedom Caucus.

    Was the I-35 bridge collapse a message from God?

    Michele, there is a bus leaving in 10 minutes. Please be under it.

  • Democrat
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    To say the least I was shocked to learn this barbaric practice is still legal in this country and no doubt those Christians are involved in all this barbarity. I do believe humanity would have been far better off it never heard of those 4 Sky Gods of the Dark side.