Monday, September 1, 2014

Just Because...

Charlie Crist Asks Florida Governor to Stop Defending Gay Marriage Ban

Florida's Former Republican Governor Charlie Crist has done a complete 180, now supports gay marriage, and has written an open letter to current Florida Governor Rick Scott asking him to stop defending the state's gay marriage ban in court.

"Florida deserves a governor who will stand up for all of the people of this state," writes Crist in his letter, posted in the Tampa Bay Times.

Towleroad reports that although Christ supported the ban on same-sex marriage when Florida voters passed it in 2008, he is now running as a pro-equality Democrat in this year's gubernatorial race. He said he wants to be on the right side of history, and points to his overturning of the state's ban on gay and lesbian adoption as his first steps toward that end. Full story here via Edge!

WGB: I am glad to see the about-face, even if for political gain. We could use his help in Florida for sure!

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LGBT Center Head Claims Rape at Hands of 'Gay Cure' Counselor

A man who has grown into healthy self-acceptance and prominence in the LGBT community as the head of an LGBT center in Mississippi says that his journey included a nightmarish detour into "reparative therapy" counseling that used sexual assault as a means of attempting to turn him straight.

Jeff White, 32, says that as a high school student in the 1990s he endured repeated episodes of same-sex rape that the perpetrator claimed would help him embrace heterosexuality. White claims that the abuse continued over a three-year period.

The alleged assaults took place when White was a teenager living in Walls, Mississippi. White was a student at Bethel Baptist School at the time of the alleged sexual assaults, which he claims were carried out by a teacher named Steven Barnes.

The church to which White's parents entrusted their gay son ran the school. When White came out to his parents in 1996, he says, their response was to turn him over to the church's "conversion therapy" program. Full story here via Edge!

WGB: It saddens me to see how many people turn their kids over to religion, only to fuck them up even more. From "ex-gay" /reperative therapy, to praying the gay out, to this! I look forward to the day when most parents accept and love their child from that very first moment they are told or figure it out.

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