ENDA introduced into Senate

A gender expression and sexual orientation inclusive ENDA has been introduced into the Senate by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).
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APA repudiates gay-to-straight "reparative " therapy

"NEW YORK – The American Psychological Association declared Wednesday that mental health professionals should not tell gay clients they can become straight through therapy or other treatments."

"Instead, the APA urged therapists to consider multiple options — that could range from celibacy to switching churches — for helping clients whose sexual orientation and religious faith conflict."

"In a resolution adopted on a 125-to-4 vote by the APA's governing council, and in a comprehensive report based on two years of research, the 150,000-member association put itself firmly on record in opposition of so-called "reparative therapy" which seeks to change sexual orientation."

"No solid evidence exists that such change is likely, says the report, and some research suggests that efforts to produce change could be harmful, inducing depression and suicidal tendencies."

Read on at Psychologists repudiate gay-to-straight therapy

Lesbian Senator's Transgender Husband Picked to Lead Pride

Correction: This post incorrectly stated that Mr. Hosie is co patron of the 2009 Perth Pride. The article should read Mr. Hosie was co patron of the 2008 Pride. Last updated 8/11/2009

Perth Australia. Aram Hosie a transgender man and powerhouse gender advocate was named a co-patron of the Perth 2008 Pride festive. As if that's not enough Mr. Hosie's partner Louise Pratt a out lesbian Senator is currently representing the state of Western Australia!

This is truly inspirational.


Dallas to hold candlelight vigil for LGBTQI youth murdered in Tel Aviv center shooting

North Texas stands in unity with Israeli LGBT victims

The Resource Center Dallas, the Reform synagogue Congregation Beth El Binah and the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas will hold a candlelight vigil and memorial August 5 (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. to remember the young Israeli victims of a mass shooting at a community center and pray for the wounded. The safety of LGBT youth is of utmost concern – this could happen at any center anywhere in the world.

On August 1, a masked assailant dressed in black from head to toe opened fire on a gay teen center’s support group meeting in Tel Aviv, Israel, killing two members of the group: 16 year-old Liz Trubeshi, and the support group leader, 26 year-old Nir Katz. At least ten others were wounded. The gunman managed to find the secret location of the support group’s meetings, and many of the kids were not yet out to their parents before the shooting. Thousands in Tel Aviv protested the senseless murders on Sunday, and crowds gathered in other Israeli cities as well.

Several speakers will talk about the need for the safety of LGBT youth. Diane Litke, president of congregation Beth El Binah, will lead Kaddish, the traditional Jewish prayer for the dead, and Mishaberach, a prayer for healing. Congregation Beth El Binah and the Jewish Federation will announce a fund for the needs of the victims, their families and the center. Representatives from Youth First Texas and Resource Center Dallas are also expected to speak. The group will then walk in a candlelight procession from the Center to the corner of Cedar Springs and Throckmorton. Similar vigils have also been held in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.


Resource Center Dallas operates the Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center and John Thomas Gay & Lesbian Community Center. Its mission is to serve the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) and North Texas communities by providing: health, HIV, and social services; education and advocacy; and support to GLBT individuals and organizations. Last year, the Center’s programs served over 50,000 people in Dallas and north Texas. August 4, 2009
Contact: Resource Center Dallas, (214) 528-0144 office

A candlelight vigil and memorial for the gay teens murdered and wounded at a gay teen center support group meeting on Saturday in Tel Aviv, Israel.

When: August 5 (Wednesday), 7 p.m.

Where:Google Map Resource Center Dallas, 2701 Reagan St., with candlelight procession to corner of Cedar Springs Rd. and Throckmorton St. Dallas.

Resource Center Dallas

Youth First Texas

Reform synagogue Congregation Beth El Binah

Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

Status of ENDA As of August 3, 2009

Status of ENDA as of August 3, 2009

Our calculations show that there are 204 confirmed Reps in the House, and we need at least 218 for a bare majority. 33 states have unconfirmed representatives. We're close, but not there yet.

The difference between passage in the House and not passage is people from those 33 states showing their support of ENDA with a telephone call. Here's the list of unconfirmed Reps with telephone numbers and contact info: http://bit.ly/NUFUd

The 33 states with unconfirmed Representatives are AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, GL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, NV, NJ, NY, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, and WV.

See http://bit.ly/NUFUd for phone numbers and contact info. If you haven't already, please call your unconfirmed Representative to ask them to support the inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, HR 3017.

Please post your call on the Facebook Inclusive ENDA wall so we know you did it, and tell us what happened. (Like, I left a message, or I confirmed their support)

Thank you.

Jillian T. Weiss
Co-Chair, Inclusive ENDA


Gunman Kills LGBTQI at Tel Aviv Youth Center Police ask For Help

A lone gunman entered a LGBTQI youth center in Tel Aviv, Israel and open fire. He killed 3 children and wounded 10. The police are searching for him and asking for help from anyone who was in the area.

If you know anything about this atrocity Click Here for a contact form at the bottom of the BBC article.

From kelli~ I volunteer at our local LGBTQI youth center and was there last night. I will pray for our youth in church this morning. God bless you.