Petition to Hna. María Velásques Bernal, Dra. Lizzie Cavazos Borobia, Directora del Centro Mexicano de Piscotraumatología, Ricardo Antonio Bucio Mújica
Don't Export 'Ex-Gay' Therapy to Mexico: Cancel the 'Cure Homosexuality' Conference in Monterrey
The Piscotraumatología Mexican Center, in complete contradiction to its mission to "facilitate and promote the growth potential of the human being,” has scheduled to bring in “ex-gay therapy” proponent Richard Cohen to Labastida College in Monterrey (Mexico) on February 12, 2014 to share his theories on how to cure homosexuality. Richard Cohen is an "ex-gay" therapy supporter who has written books on how to "help" people to stop being gay. Many organizations worldwide have spoken out against so-called "conversion therapies." The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has stated that “services that purport to ‘cure’ people with non-heterosexual sexual orientation lack medical justification and represent a serious threat to the health and well-being of affected people.” PAHO notes that “there is no rigorous scientific study that demonstrates the effectiveness of efforts to change sexual orientation.” PAHO even calls for therapists and clinics that support “conversion” or “reparative” therapy to be reported and sanctioned. SANCTIONED AND REPORTED! Therefore, the fact that the Piscotraumatología Mexican Center, an organization whose mission is "to ensure the integrity and significance of the person to be a factor of change in their community" would organize an event that will promote the homophobic and discriminatory ideas of Richard Cohen is highly outrageous. These ideas help to perpetuate stereotypes that homosexuality is a disease that must be cured, and they contribute to the social rejection that exists today against the LGBT community. The repression of sexual orientation has been associated with feelings of guilt and shame, depression, anxiety, and even suicide. The Piscotraumatología Mexican Center and its Psychotraumatology director Lizzie Cavazos Borobia should immediately cancel the conference in Monterrey, and tell Richard Cohen to stop spreading discriminatory ideas.
Petition to Chris Christie, Kim Guadagno, Michael Drewniak, Chris Christie
Protect New Jersey kids from dangerous anti-gay conversion therapy
My name is Jacob Rudolph, and the video above is me coming out to my school as openly LGBT. I chose to come out in such a public way because LGBT youth need to know they are not alone. Now, I am asking for your help to encourage New Jersey’s governor, Chris Christie, to support a bill that would protect kids who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender from a dangerous practice. Currently, the New Jersey state legislature is considering a bill that would protect minors from the harmful, discredited practice of gay conversion therapy, which subjects teens to psychologically damaging “treatment” by so-called psychology counselors who falsely claim they can “fix” the sexual orientation of children who identify as being LGBT. Unfortunately, Governor Chris Christie has not yet said he will support this crucial legislation. Gov. Christie must be made to understand how critical such legislation is to protecting the thousands of teens like me from the dangers of gay conversion therapy. Major psychological, psychiatric, and counseling associations have found this ineffective and scientifically unsound practice to be harmful for young people. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association has concluded that a great risk of depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior result from anti-gay conversion therapy. According to the CDC and the Trevor Project, lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. And, that number doubles to 8 times more likely if LGB youth come from families that reject the child's sexual orientation. Together, we can raise Gov. Christie’s awareness of these issues and obtain his support for the legislation that would ban gay conversion therapy. Together we can urge the governor to protect LGBT teens by endorsing the bill. By enacting the proposed statute, New Jersey has an opportunity not just to protect kids from the emotional damage of dangerous anti-gay conversion therapy, but to save lives as well. I'm incredibly lucky to have parents who love me just the way I am, which is why it hurts me to know that, every single day, kids across the state are forced to lie or feel shame about who they really are, for fear of being rejected by their families and friends or forced to be subjected to harmful “therapy” intended to fix what is not broken. Please sign my petition today urging Governor Chris Christie to protect New Jersey’s LGBT kids and to support state senate bill S2278. Thank you,Jacob RudolphSenior, Parsippany High School
Petition to Steve Jobs, Trudy Muller, Simon Pope, Jennifer Bowcock, Tim Cook, Katie Cotton, Steve Dowling
Demand that Apple remove "ex-gay" iPhone app
Exodus International, the notorious "ex-gay" organization, has just released an iPhone app that, according to its website, is "designed to be a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders." The Exodus website further boasts that its app received a 4+ rating from Apple, meaning that it contains "no objectionable content." No objectionable content? We beg to differ. Exodus' message is hateful and bigoted. They claim to offer "freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ" and use scare tactics, misinformation, stereotypes and distortions of LGBT life to recruit clients. They endorse the use of so-called "reparative therapy" to "change" the sexual orientation of their clients, despite the fact that this form of "therapy" has been rejected by every major professional medical organization including the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Counseling Association. But reparative therapy isn't just bad medicine -- it's also very damaging to the self-esteem and mental health of its victims. This new iPhone app is the latest move in Exodus' dangerous new strategy of targeting youth. In light of the recent wave of LGBT youth suicides, this tactic is particularly galling as it creates, legitimizes, and fuels the ostracism of LGBT youth by their families. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, LGBT teens who experienced negative feedback from their family were 8 times more likely to have attempted suicide, 6 times as vulnerable to severe depression, and 3 times more likely to use drugs (Caitlin Ryan, San Francisco State University, June 2009). Apple's app guidelines, released last September, detailed rules on how the company decides what can and cannot be sold through its store: "Any app that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harms way will be rejected," the company states. Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its app store, yet it is giving the green light to an app targeting vulnerable LGBT youth with the message that their sexual orientation is a "sin that will make your heart sick" and a "counterfeit." This is a double standard that has the potential for devastating consequences. Apple needs to be told, loud and clear, that this is unacceptable. Stand with Truth Wins Out -- demand that the iTunes store stop supporting homophobia and remove the Exodus app.