Three states introduced legislation this week banning any attempt to “change” the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTQ youth. Arizona, Virginia, and Washington all put forward bills to prohibit the discredited practice often referred to as conversion therapy from being offered within state lines. Condemned by the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Psychological Association (APA), the treatment has already been outlawed in nine states, including California and Vermont.
A mum has set up a group to unite parents of transgender children, after being shocked by a backlash of negativity following some high profile news stories. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/transgender-children-group-acceptance_uk_5a4deb08e4b0b0e5a7aaf7dd
Utah’s suicide rate has tripled since 2007, and suicide is the leading cause of death among 10- to 17-year-olds across the state. There seems to be a strong connection between Utah’s large Mormon population, the church’s denunciation of same-sex LDS couples and the community’s beleaguered LGBTQ youth. https://www.facebook.com/RoadTripListenToAmerica/videos/527232384283393/
The “LGB” in this term refers to sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is defined as an often enduring pattern of emotional, romantic and/or sexual attractions of men to women or women to men (heterosexual), of women to women or men to men (homosexual), or by men or women to both sexes (bisexual). It also refers to an individual’s sense of personal and social identity based on those attractions, related behaviors and membership in a community of others who share those attractions and behaviors. Some people who have same-sex attractions or relationships may identify as “queer,” or, for a range of personal, social or political reasons, may choose not to self-identify with these or any labels. The “T” in LGBT stands for transgender or gender non-conforming, and is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity or gender expression does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth. Some who do not identify as either male or female prefer the term “genderqueer.” While it is important to understand that sexual orientation and gender identity are not the same thing, they do both reflect differing forms of gender norm transgression and share an intertwined social and political history. Adapted from “Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality,” “Answers to your Questions About Transgender People, Gender Identity and Gender Expression” and the APA’s U.S. v. Windsor amicus brief. Read more at http://www.apa.org/topics/lgbt/index.aspx
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It’s for the first time that a government-owned company has employed people from the transgender community!