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I survived eight years of conversion therapy. But I fought back.

My name is Kate McCobb and I survived eight years of conversion therapy.  This is my story.In 2006, when I was 25, I began seeing a therapist who fixated on the fact I was a lesbian – even though I didn’t seek counseling about that. He insisted that my attraction to women was pathological, a result of childhood sexual abuse even though I had no memories of that at all.He claimed that with his help, my brain could be “rewired” to reveal my “true self” – a...

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New Report Shows Long-Term Care Facilities Aren’t Safe for LGBTQ Elders

Without traditional support systems in place, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders end up relying on nursing homes or other institutions providing long-term care. Today, the National Senior Citizens Law Center—along with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, National Center for Transgender Equality, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)—released a report showing that LGBTQ elders are often not safe in these...

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In Need of Respect: Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth Face Serious Abuse in Group Care Facilities

Being a teenager in the juvenile justice system is challenging for any young person,  but as Cyryna can attest, being transgender adds an additional layer of fear. Cyryna, a transgender girl, experienced the dark reality that most people don’t talk about while being housed in a juvenile correction facility for boys, where she was the victim of verbal, physical, and sexual abuse by many of the boys she was housed with. Some of her abuse was witnessed by, and sometimes encouraged by, the...

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“Bienvenidos a Casa”—Listen to LGBTQ Stories on Spanish-language Radio

By Dan Torres, Esq. Proyecto Poderoso Project Manager The discussion about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender acceptance often begins with conversations with those closest to us—our families. But in some households, cultural barriers create obstacles that can seem too big to overcome, making it nearly impossible for some LGBTQ people to share with their families who they truly are and the daily struggles they face as members of the LGBTQ community. In many Latino households, cultural...

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Supreme Court Rules on Title VII! Give now & Celebrate!