Episode 17 - Politics Sex Religion: Conversion Therapy, 61 Year Old Mom/Grandma, Chick-fil-A
Let Them Eat Gayke
Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to celebrate trans and gender-nonconforming people around the world and raise awareness about the discrimination they face.
CBC: The federal government has rejected a public effort to ban something that many Canadians may have assumed was already illegal.
"We're disappointed that we don't have legislation at this point," says Alberta activist Devon Hargreaves. "But we will continue to advocate for those who don't have a voice."
Hargreaves, who works with the LGBTQ community, is talking about the controversial practice known as conversion therapy. It's a widely discredited approach of trying to counsel someone who is gay into being straight, either through talk therapy, medication or a combination of the two.
He started a petition in late 2018 asking the federal government to ban conversion therapy, particularly with regard to minors. Garnering more than 18,000 signatures, it urged the Liberals to outlaw the act of coercing or counselling minors to change their sexual orientation or gender identity, and to prohibit taking minors outside the country for that purpose.
"[Conversion therapy] should not be happening in Canada in 2018 or 2019," says Hargreaves, 24. "But we know it is still happening, and it's happening to minors."
The World Health Organization issued a statement in 2012 saying this type of therapy poses a "severe threat to the health and human rights of the affected persons."
The Canadian Psychological Association echoed that stand in 2015, saying: "Conversion or reparative therapy can result in negative outcomes, such as distress, anxiety, depression, negative self-image, a feeling of personal failure, difficulty sustaining relationships, and sexual dysfunction." The CPA adds that it, "opposes any therapy with the goal of repairing or converting an individual's sexual orientation, regardless of age."
While Canada doesn't have a national ban on the practice, some provinces have restrictions:
Ontario has made the practice illegal by initiating an outright ban.
Manitoba has outlawed health professionals from offering conversion therapy.
Vancouver has passed a law restricting businesses from offering it.
Nova Scotia has made it it illegal for health professionals to provide conversion therapy for minors.
Hargreaves says the patchwork of provincial prohibitions is problematic, and he believes a federal ban is essential.
ADVOCATE: A 61-year-old Nebraskan mother acted as a surrogate for her gay son and his husband and gave birth to their baby girl (her granddaughter) Uma on Monday, according to BuzzFeed News. When husbands Matthew Eledge, 32, and Elliot Dougherty, 29, were searching for a surrogate to carry their child, Eledge’s mother, Cecile Eledge, offered to do so. Meanwhile, Dougherty’s 25-year-old sister, Lea Yribe, offered to donate her eggs, which were fertilized with Matthew Eledge’s sperm.
PINK NEWS: American fast food chain Chick-fil-A reportedly donated over $1.8 million to organisations with an anti-LGBT+ record in 2017. The restaurant company, which has around 2,000 branches in the US, gave $1,653,416 to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 2017, according to US news website ThinkProgress. The publication reports that Chick-fil-A also donated $6,000 to the Paul Anderson Youth Home and $150,000 to the Salvation Army in the same year. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a conservative Christian sports ministry, requires staff to abide to a “sexual purity” policing, which forbids all “homosexual acts.”
So I just found out there is a kiddo in my kids school, (Darrin). He is transitioning. He is in grade 8, and last year was (Darlene). The kids are being pretty mean to him, so I’m wondering what I can do (he helps with (name of their child who has a disability) a lot), how I can support him. Would Let Them Eat Gayke be appropriate for a 8th grader if he has fb?
WTF of the day:
Perhaps the best bananas in the world, “ice cream bananas” melt in your mouth and taste like vanilla… AND they can be grown in colder climates across much of the United States!