According to some “therapists” (i.e. not therapists) in this country, the following dialogue is an appropriate and common exchange between heterosexual males:
“Hey bro! Get me another beer!”
“No problem, man. Hey, how about after the game we get naked and cuddle each other?”
“Hell yeah! That’s the best way to express my hetronormative sexuality! Then I’ll go home and bang my girlfriend!”
If this logic sounds unbelievably stupid, that is because it is. Even so, there are many organizations who consider these ridiculous ideas legitimate actions to help a person rid himself of unwanted homosexual feelings.
This is but a small part of a warped idea called “conversion therapy”, an unregulated, fradulent practice that has gone on for decades and cost people thousands of dollars, countless hours of life and unnecessary trama. This country is about to get an important education in this infuriating, fraudulent ”therapy.” And I find myself very near the center of it. Continue reading →
The GRE is only a week away so Boy Meets Blog is still on pause BUT there is an event coming up in Salt Lake that I think people should know about.
Issues affecting LGBTQ youth in Utah is a big deal, especially when you consider the numbers. “When LGBTQ youths were asked if they’re verbally harassed, 69% of respondents in a recent survey said yes in Utah compared to 53% nationwide. When asked if they’re physically assaulted, 27% said yes in Utah compared to 17% nationwide. About 65% of Utah teens said their state government is not LGBTQ accepting and 74% said churches in their community aren’t either. The teen homeless population here is hugely disproportionately LGBTQ. And, the often-cited official/unofficial estimate on LGBTQ suicide attempts in Utah is about one per week.”
There’s one word for that: Unacceptable.
To facilitate a dialogue about LGBTQ issues in Utah and to help raise money for the Homeless Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake, the creators of the critically acclaimed (seriously, check out these reviews) online TV show Husbands, Brad Bell and Sean Hemeon, will be in Salt Lake at the Rose Wagner Theater downtown on November 11th . It’s comedy for a cause! They will be joined by writer Jane Espenson, representatives from national LGBTQ organizations, and Associate Professor of Psychology David Huebner. University of Utah Professor Anne Jamison will moderate the discussion. Continue reading →
I got an email from Equality Utah and wanted to share. There was a big brouhaha over the local NBC affiliates decision not to pick up a new NBC sitcom, “The New Normal.”
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I recieved this email from Equality Arizona. Some emails don’t need to be rewritten, they just need to be shared. Jan Brewer continues to be an embarrassment to Arizona and will be remembered in history books as a villan of liberty and justice for all.
Arizona politics are in the national spotlight once again following Governor Jan Brewer’s request that the Supreme Court overturn the U.S. Court of Appeals’ ruling that prevented Arizona from denying health benefits to same-sex partners of state employees.
In September, the Ninth Circuit ruled unanimously that while the state is not obligated to provide health care benefits for state employees, denying benefits to a specific group violates the Constitution’s equal-protection provision and adversely affects gay and lesbian employees.
Under the guise of “states’ rights” and “cost-savings” the governor continues her crusade to legalize discrimination against members of the LGBT community. Local progressive leaders, including Mayor Greg Stanton and State Representative Matt Heinz, have issued statements emphasizing the importance of offering domestic partner benefits. Continue reading →
The nation learned about 18-year old Tyler Clementi in 2010 after he jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge. His college roommate, Dharun Ravi, and hallmate, Molly Wei, had secretly used a webcam to spy on Clementi while he was on a date and saw him kissing another man to which Ravi tweeted, “Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.” Ravi and Wei then urged friends and their Twitter followers to watch Clementi on a second date via the secret webcam. The second date never happend.
Clementi followed Ravi’s Twitter account and realized that his personal privacy had been severely violated. He filed complaints with the university, asked to change rooms, and posted on message boards about the incident. Deeply shaken and probably feeling deeply humiliated, he jumped to his death on September 22, 2010. Continue reading →