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Regulations to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy get early nod

The Daily Herald reports Utah psychologists would be prohibited from practicing so-called conversion therapy on LGBTQ kids under proposed new state regulations.

Ecuador has first same-sex marriage, following court ruling

A lesbian couple has married in Ecuador in the first same-sex wedding since a landmark ruling last month by the country’s highest court.

 

Henry Weitz, a long-time member of the Philadelphia LGBTQ community, died July 12 after a long illness. Born in Brooklyn, Weitz lived in Philadelphia most of his adult life.

“He will be forever known as a kind and gentle soul,” his memorial page reads.

 

A gay Jenkintown man has filed suit against Kelly Services Global LLC after being terminated from a job assignment for allegedly touching a male coworker inappropriately.

Kelly Services is a global employment agency based in Troy, Michigan that assigns people primarily to temporary employment.

 To address the ongoing issue of violence against Black LGBTQ people, the national NAACP convention in Detroit hosted two town-hall meetings: “Gender Justice Matters Fireside Chat” and “The State of LGBTQ People of Color in America” on July 21 and July 23 respectively.

Since May, a Black transgender woman and three gay Black men have been killed in Detroit. Two more Black gay men have been shot and wounded according to the Detroit Free Press.

The message at both events was that while Stonewall 50 may be a celebration for some, it is also a stark reminder that Black LGBTQ people are still very much at risk in their communities, and homophobia and transphobia are still a present danger.

First in a three-part series. Some names have been changed to protect privacy.

For centuries, being LGBTQ has been associated with mental illness, criminality and sociopathology. Laws against sodomy were established in the 17th century in the U.S. and only overturned fully in 2003 by the Supreme Court. Committing sodomy was often used as an example of mental illness, so the connection between homosexuality as both mental illness and criminality was constantly being made and reinforced.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association is the handbook used by healthcare professionals in much of the world as the authoritative guide to diagnosing mental disorders. The DSM categorized homosexuality as a mental disorder until 1973 and being transgender until 2013.

 

Leading up to the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, which will take place July 25-27 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Mazzoni Center has launched a creative ad marketing campaign that can be seen on the sides of SEPTA buses and the vehicles’ awnings.

In light of this year’s “Trans Joy” conference theme, Minnesota native Grace Schleisman’s artwork appears at the heart of the campaign —sprawling the back of a fully-wrapped SEPTA bus.

 

For the second time, a Philadelphia judge has dismissed all criminal charges against Brandon W. Bostian, the openly-gay train engineer involved in a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.

During a July 23 court proceeding, Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Barbara A. McDermott cleared Bostian, 36, of one count of risking a catastrophe, eight counts of involuntary manslaughter and 246 counts of reckless endangerment.

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Philadelphia Gay News is one of more than 20 news organizations producing Broke in Philly, a solutions-oriented collaborative reporting project on poverty and Philadelphia's push for economic justice.

 

A new intervention for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness 

 

In honor of turning 17, Jennifer Roman* enjoyed a celebration at a bowling alley — the first birthday party she’d ever had, hosted by a woman she calls “Mom.”

After spending most of her teenage years in foster care or between living situations to escape an abusive home, Roman now describes enjoying typical family scenarios: group dinners, watching TV together, light arguing and joking. 

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